Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has completed the first flight if it’s new Light Utility Helicopter (LUH). The flight is reported to have lasted about 15 minutes and marks the commencement of the aircraft’s flight test program.
The LUH is powered by Safran’s Ardiden 1U engine and is intended to replace the Indian air force’s aging Chetak and Cheetah fleet. It is the third indigenously developed helicopter project after the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) and Light Combat Helicopter (LCH).
Good start & hopefully in next 10 years we should be able to build & export world class choppers, be it civilian, cargo or military.