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Light utility copter clears tests in Himalayas

Bengaluru: The prototype of the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) made Gentle Utility Helicopter (LUH) cleared the all-weather assessments by demonstrating its high-altitude capabilities in cold and warm circumstances over the Himalayas not too long ago, mentioned the state-run defence behemoth on Thursday.

“The LUH has complied with all the requirements of the users, including hot and high-altitude testing in hot and cold conditions over the Himalayas for operational clearance certification,” mentioned HAL Chairman R. Madhavan in an announcement right here.

Town-based firm’s flight take a look at group led by Wing Commanders (retired) Unni Pillai, Anil Bhambani and A. Jena and Group Captains (retired) Pupinder Singh and V. Panwar carried out the assessments over 10 days from August 24 to September 2.

Indian Air Power (IAF) Group Captain R. Dubey and Lt Col R. Grewal of the Indian Military additionally take part within the aerial trials.

“A test plan was executed at Leh (3,300 metres above the ground level) in minus 32 degree Celsius as per the International Standard Atmosphere (ISA) for envelope expansion, performance and flying qualities,” mentioned Madhavan on the event.

The chopper took off from Leh in Ladakh on August 24 and demonstrated its sizzling and excessive hover efficiency at Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) Superior Touchdown Floor (ALG) at 5,000 metres adopted by one other sortie from ahead helipad at 5,500 metres above the bottom degree at ISA plus 27 diploma Celsius.

“Though the extreme weather conditions have imposed flight restrictions on all other civil and military aircraft, LUH flights were unhindered as it is designed for such operations,” claimed Madhavan.

The chopper flew 3,000 km for 3 days from Bengaluru to Leh with transit stop-over many civil and navy airfields.

“The LUH showed high reliability without service support during its ferry to Leh and trials at high altitude,” asserted Madhavan.

The composite trials group included designers, the flight take a look at crew, of HAL, IAF and the Military.

Representatives of navy and civil aviation regulators Centre for Navy Airworthiness & Certification (CEMILAC) and Workplace of Regional Director of Aeronautical High quality Assurance (ORDAQA) witnessed the trials for certification necessities.

The LUH accomplished sizzling climate trials at Nagpur in 2018, chilly climate trials at Leh in 2019 and sea degree trials at Chennai in 2018 and at Puducherry in 2019.

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