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PostPosted: 17 Feb 2012 02:40 
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IAF to induct latest Russian armed helicopters
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India will induct its latest Mi-17 V5 armed helicopters from Russia that will greatly enhance its capabilities to carry troops and cargo at higher altitudes.

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Defence Minister A K Antony will hand over the symbolic keys of the choppers to the IAF marking their formal commissioning, IAF officials said here. India has placed orders for 80 such choppers from Russia and the first batch was inducted in service in the last week of September, 2011. Over 20 such machines have already arrived and are deployed at various locations in the Northern sector, they said. "This helicopter falls in armed helicopter category, with substantial and effective firepower with the latest and more powerful engines that will greatly enhance its payload carriage capability at higher altitudes," IAF spokesperson said here. The new choppers will augment IAF's fleet of Mi-17 IV helicopters. "Mi-17 V5 is an upgrade of Mi-17 in the medium-lift category and is equipped with state-of-the-art avionics and on board Navigation Systems," he said. Commenting on its capabilities, officials said, "It has on board weather radar, state of the art autopilot and is compatible with the latest Generation Night vision Goggles." The Mi-17 variants have operated in various types of terrain, including the Siachen Glacier, and have also proven their mettle in UN missions.


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PostPosted: 17 Feb 2012 12:05 
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Pics of the Mi-17V5 that will be inducted into service today.

Livefist blog posts pics of the IAF's new Mi-17V5


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Mi 17 v5 induction video. Avionics looks good. This beast can take down many when fully loaded.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ei6ttsUE ... re=related

credit: torqueaviation

Am I right in calculating total 80 rockets can be loaded into those pods at any given time?


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PostPosted: 18 Feb 2012 10:55 
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I would assume they have RWR and flare dispensers as well? given the experience in Kargil where we sent in choppers without these and they were sitting ducks.


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PostPosted: 18 Feb 2012 11:15 
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I do see the flare dispensers below the engine the maroonish covered part.


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I do see the flare dispensers below the engine the maroonish covered part.


I think maroonish part is engine exhaust. The flare dispensers are the thingy with lot of holes below "Indian air force tag"


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PostPosted: 19 Feb 2012 17:46 
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Mi 17 v5 induction video. Avionics looks good. This beast can take down many when fully loaded.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ei6ttsUE ... re=related

credit: torqueaviation

Am I right in calculating total 80 rockets can be loaded into those pods at any given time?


Jingos are so predictable. I counted those too.

Also 36 fully armed men.

From the same torqueaviation


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvWwSZQH ... re=related


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IAF to procure 71 more armed choppers
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Aiming at strengthening its medium-lift helicopter fleet, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to procure 71 more Mi-17 V5 choppers, including 12 for the Ministry of Home Affairs. These would be in addition to the 80 already ordered from Russia.

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Of the 71 helicopters to be ordered, 59 would be provided to the IAF for replacing its old Mi-8 and Mi-17IV choppers and six would be given to the Border Security Force. The remaining six would be distributed among the other central armed police forces, IAF officials said. Earlier the IAF was proceeding with the acquisition of 59 choppers only but later on the MHA requested to club its requirements also in the same Defence Ministry proposal, they said.

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On the machine's capabilities, an IAF official said, "It has on-board weather radar, state-of-the-art autopilot and is compatible with the latest generation night vision goggles." The Mi-17 variants have operated in various types of terrain, including Siachen Glacier, and have also proved their mettle in UN missions.


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Mi-26T @ Singapre airshow

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Russian Helicopters also recently unveiled its new Mil Mi-26T upgrade, which features an improved power-to-weight ratio and better handing characteristics in the flight regime. This version of the heavy-lift helicopter is competing against the Boeing Chinook for an order from India, which already operates four Mi-26s. The Mi-26T2 is intended for both military and civilian customers and uses “some flight control algorithms already proven on the Mi-28N,” said Aleksei Samusenko, general designer at Mil. The model passed preliminary manufacturer’s trials this year, and certification trials are to start soon. Rostvertol, an Mi-26 manufacturer that fell under control of the Russian Helicopters in late 2010, is providing most of the funding.

The Mi-26T2 is powered by two Ivchenko-Progress D-136-2 turboshaft engines with Fadec, each developing 12,500 shp in emergency power mode and delivering an extra 250 shp in takeoff mode. The big helicopter features the BREO-26 digital avionics suite from the Ramenskoye PKB. It has a glass cockpit on five LCD displays, a digital autopilot and a Glonass-aided navigation system enabling IFR operations. The upgraded model requires two flight crewmembers, down from five, but an additional crewmember is needed when cargo is carried on sling. A Transas TSL-1600 searchlight working in either standard or infrared mode allows better observation of cargo being carried on the sling.


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PostPosted: 19 Feb 2012 18:24 
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Apache: Final assembly to first flight
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New Mi-26T cockpit from TR1 afm.


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Why are we not seeking license production of Mi-17 till our MLH comes on line?


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Boeing Apache Fights Tiger in $10 Billion Asian Chopper Contest
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Competition intensified last week in Singapore, with major manufacturers pushing their products at the last major air show before a series of contract announcements begins with an Indian order for 197 light helicopters valued at about $1.5 billion. Eurocopter, based in Marignane, France, is offering its AS550 C3 Fennec in the competition to replace aging Aloutte models built by predecessor Sud Aviation, which sold its first helicopter in Asia in 1962. Russian Helicopters, formed to consolidate the country’s rotorcraft industry, is offering the Kamov Ka-226 -- which has the NATO reporting name ‘Hoodlum’ -- with a winner to be declared in March or April, Ducrot said.

India, whose existing chopper fleet is dominated by Soviet models, also has a contest underway for 55 naval helicopters, worth $2.2 billion, for which Eurocopter is pitching the NH90 against Sikorsky’s Seahawk and Textron Inc.’s Bell 429. The south Asian nation is also seeking 22 attack choppers in a tender for which Chicago-based Boeing says its AH-64 Apache has been selected as preferred bidder over the Russian Mil Mi-28 Havoc, together with 15 heavy-lift models that have attracted proposals from the Boeing Ch-47 Chinook and the Mi-26 Halo.

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Boeing is offering the Chinook model used in Afghanistan, defense spokesman Hal Klopper said. That may enhance its credentials for operation in the Himalayas, where Indian and Pakistani forces are ranged against each other at high altitude. With India also due to issue proposals for coastguard helicopters this year, “there are potential tenders for all the armed forces,” said Ducrot at Eurocopter, a unit of European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co. which lifted revenue 13 percent last year a record 5.4 billion euros ($7 billion). The surge in Asian helicopter purchases mirrors a jump in combat-plane orders led by an $11 billion Indian contract for 126 fighters, the biggest in years, provisionally awarded to Paris-based Dassault Aviation SA’s Rafale last month.


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PostPosted: 20 Feb 2012 17:34 
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I have never being able to understand the logic behind grouping Mi-26 and Ch-47 in the same competition. I mean, the venerable Mi-26 can carry a fully loaded Chinook and then some more. True competition to Mi-26 is the CH-53 - but that does not seem to be on horizon. To me, it seems that the only reason Mi-26 is in the race is to prevent the single vendor situation - the deal seems to have been already decided in Chinook's favor. A complete tier of of helicopters would be LUH/Dhruv/Mi-17/Chinook/Mi-26.


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PostPosted: 20 Feb 2012 17:49 
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I am doubtful if the Chinook has any value add over the new Mi17V we are getting. it seems more like another "gift" to the khan.

the Ch53K is in testing with some 100+ confirmed orders from USMC and surely other operators like the Heer in due course. however earliest IOC is 2018 so it cannot compete now.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikorsky_C ... r_Stallion

given these helis will never take part in direct assault role , if the Mi26T is reliable and cheap, with a decent supply chain we should get it instead of the Chinook. 50 of these could massively upg the mobility of our mountain strike corps but while the CH53K would arrive in decent delivery rate and be well supported by OEM, the Mi26T has to prove itself in that dept 8)


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PostPosted: 20 Feb 2012 18:01 
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50 Mi-26!!!!!!!...You want to over-run Lhasa or what???? :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

On a serious note - these birds are the rotary version of C-130J. To be used to reach inaccessible areas with troops and loads. They are lumbering trucks in the sky. Ch-47 and even Ch-53 are far more agile...Ch-47 can sustain IA troops right in the front. Coupld of squadrons each for Northern/Central/Eastern sector can fill a crucial role.


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given these helis will never take part in direct assault role , if the Mi26T is reliable and cheap, with a decent supply chain we should get it instead of the Chinook.


Singha,

The MI26 is a huge fuel guzzler and the running costs are too high to keep it operational over extended periods of time. Also, spares are an issue. They practically serve very little purpose except when you have to carry huge nuclear missiles over Serbia during heights of cold war.


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given these helis will never take part in direct assault role , if the Mi26T is reliable and cheap, with a decent supply chain we should get it instead of the Chinook.


Singha,

The MI26 is a huge fuel guzzler and the running costs are too high to keep it operational over extended periods of time. Also, spares are an issue. They practically serve very little purpose except when you have to carry huge nuclear missiles over Serbia during heights of cold war.
:lol:

Or you want Bull dozers to create roads in places like Kargil, recover crashed Mig 21's in feilds etc

Mil Mi-26

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During the Kargil Operations, two Mi-26s logged about 25 hours airlifting heavy equipment and guns to the Kargil area.


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One Mi-26 (Z3076) was written off after it crashed at Jammu airport on 14 Dec 2010. It was involved in the heavy lift of tunneling equipment for the Northern Railways. The crew escaped with injuries. This was the first and till date the only major airframe loss for the Mi-26 in nearly 25 years of service.

The Mi-26s have been utilised in the sky-crane role over the years.

- Feb 89, MI-26 helicopter undertook the only of its kind underslung operation taking Pontoon bridge form Ludhiana to Sirhind canal.
- Early 1999, a crashed MiG-21 was airlifted by the Unit to Chandigarh.
- 21 Nov 2001, the Mi-8 which crashed in the Rann of Kutch was helilifted by the Mi-26s to Bhuj.
- 2002, a MiG-21 Bison which crashed in the fields near Ambala was airlifted by the Unit to Ambala Air Force Station.
- In Jul 2002 the Mi-26 recovered the first civilian aircraft (Beechcraft), which had met with an accident at Kangra airfield. Another first was achieved as the unit flew the longest ever underslung flight (3:15 hrs).
- 22 Feb 2006 - An Mi-26 flown by the CO, Wg Cdr Sushil Ghera, airlifted an Mi-17 that forcelanded in a river bed a few days earlier to Chandigarh Air Force Station.
-Sept 2007 - Mi-17 1V airlifted from Bandipore to Awantipura
-In 2010, the helicopter was actively used to lift heavy equipment for the Katra-Quazigand Railway project providing rail connectivity to the Srinagar Valley.


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^^ I meant little purpose in respect to their operational cost and up-time specially with spare problem. Maybe it was wrong choice of words.


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I will throw my last card on the table. given its vast internal dimensions and load bearing capability could be G version be made with a 105mm auto loading cannon pointing out of the side, and a couple of GSH23 type cannons for backup?


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I will throw my last card on the table. given its vast internal dimensions and load bearing capability could be G version be made with a 105mm auto loading cannon pointing out of the side, and a couple of GSH23 type cannons for backup?


Singha ji , I suppose you are alluding to gunship role for MI 26. Well in theory it is possible but then the service ceiling of Mi 26 is 4500 Mts(wikipedia) and like most of the helicopters its speed is much less than fixed wing aircraft.I don't see how any country would go for a gunship with such limitations(especially in mountains).It is practically a sitting duck.


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PostPosted: 21 Feb 2012 06:17 
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Things are way too quiet here on the LCH thread. Any idea what's happening and why things are so silent on the LCH front? Where is the third prototype and what is the status of testing on the 1st and 2nd TDs?


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Wiki's Details on Mi-26
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using the high altitude and high capacity performance of the Mi-26, the World Team quickly flew 300 participants, plus aerial judges, photographers, and cinematographers up to 6,700 metres (22,000 ft), then simultaneously dropped them in a tight formation


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Service ceiling: 4,600 m (15,100 ft)


Dunno Which end of Wiki to trust :-o


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PostPosted: 21 Feb 2012 08:22 
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I dont think there is any way the Mi26 goes to 22,000ft.


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Apologies if this has been posted already India to go for open bidding for Navy deal, rejects US offer


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PostPosted: 21 Feb 2012 11:09 
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The European's clearly shaken my the MMRCA and LCA engine snub and desperate not to loose again, comes an (under the belt) attempt to create an unnecessary controversy to win the MRH competition..

Navy: Europe firm ‘twisting’ facts for $1bn Multi-Role Helicopter deal
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A big controversy has hit the acquisition of 16 Multi-Role Helicopters for the Indian Navy, a deal estimated to be worth around $1 billion, with the Indian Navy accusing European vendor NH Industries (NHI) of trying to “mislead” the defence ministry, “twist” the Naval Staff Qualitative Requirements (NSQRs), “falsify” the Request for Proposal (RFP) and cause delays with “unreasonable que-ries/concerns”. Documents accessed by this newspaper show the Navy criticised the European firm after it raised doubts about the helicopter of its American rival Sikorsky. This new US-European battle for an Indian defence deal is leading to a lot of acrimony.

NHI earlier alleged Sikorsky does not meet the NSQRs for the deal, and complained to the defence ministry. The Navy has now made it clear that both NHI and Sikorsky have met the NSQRs, making them both eligible. The Navy earlier submitted its Field Evaluation Trials (FETs) report to the MoD on acquiring the anti-surface and anti-submarine MRHs. NHI, based in France and with French, German and Italian participation, pitched its NH90 helicopter against Sikorsky’s S70B. NHI earlier raised doubts about the Sikorsky helicopter on various aspects, including dual redundancy, fitment of fuel tanks, full authority automatic flight control system, fuel reserves at the end of mission, sensor functions and usage monitoring system. The Navy has, however, given the Sikorsky helicopter a clean chit.

In its final recommendations and in response to NHI’s allegations, the Navy said: “It emerges that NHI is attempting to mislead the higher authorities and cause delays... with unreasonable queries/concerns. The Indian Navy has evaluated the (NHI) NH90 and (Sikorsky) S70B helicopters, and considers both platforms meet the NSQRs specified in... the RFP.” On NHI’s queries on the Sikorsky helicopter’s “sensor functions” and “fitment of both external and internal fuel tanks”, the Navy said: “It is clearly evident that NHI have twisted the NSQR, thereby falsifying the Request for Proposal on the MRH with an aim to misleading the higher authorities MoD”. NHI had raised doubts on several other features. It said: “(The NSQR) requires no failure of single system should lead to a catastrophic failure. NHI would like to understand how this is demonstrated since the S70B does not have dual redundancy built in to all aircraft flight control systems.”


All this chest thumping when it features prominently in the Australian Department of Defence's list of 'Projects of Concern' due to engine failures and have they not forgotten the German complaints??


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Anantha has posted a fresh snap of Dhruv-WSI firing ATGM.....
Will post related updates later. :)


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The problem with the Mi-26 is it being one huge target, it's a very easy target for a simple Stinger and we would loose a lot if one were to be shot down.

Chinook's the better offer or the CH-53K.


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Septimus,
Its not likely to happen as the Mi 26 would be used to ferry heavy loads from the nearest Air base to the Rear edge of the Battle Area, which is held by friendly forces. The Mi 26 will not be used to air drop Paratroopers behind enemy lines.


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ALH Rudra ready to spit fire | HAL equates it with Black Hawk & Puma | Phase-1 IOC likely in May


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Whoa! Rudra firing the HELINA :twisted:


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How do we know that this is HELINA ?


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^^ Well, caption for pic says:
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Above sequence of photos are taken during Rudra's ATGM Helina trials.


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Only thing I would love if the simple machine gun is replaced by a Massa style gattling gun with say 4 mile range like the US browning single barrel machine gun.

Imagine a next version of ALH V- stealth Rudra with a Fenestrone.


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^^ Well, caption for pic says:
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Above sequence of photos are taken during Rudra's ATGM Helina trials.


Well best way to identify is to look at its unique multi-directional exhausts at mid body.

No other missile which India is evaluating has such thing.


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Waiting for HELINA trials for soo long..
Finally :D :D :D :D 8)


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This is an amazing development. If they could qualify the gun/missiles for static and moving targets, shoot down a few manuvering lakshya's and should gear up for more orders :)

If this IOC is only for the weapons testing, FOC should also be pretty quick


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From the link I think the FOC is only to qualify the Machine for a new ATGM. This maybe the Helina post successful trails.


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Aditya thats not a machine gun under the nose...its a 20mm giat (nexter) cannon which will shred thin skinned vehicles where the massa browning HMG or small gatling MGs will just bounce off.

this gun is fairly typical for the role and all gunships mount such guns.


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ALH Rudra ready to spit fire | HAL equates it with Black Hawk & Puma | Phase-1 IOC likely in May-By Anantha Krishnan M

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) is all set to unleash Rudra, a beast of a machine from its hangars soon. Rudra (fierce form of Lord Shiva) is the Mk-IV weapon systems integrated (WSI) version of HAL’s star chopper Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) and is expected to get the Phase-1 Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) this May. Painted in black, the Rudra is one hell of a machine -- fully-loaded and truly menacing. HAL says get on beyond the looks!
The IOC is split into two parts, with Phase-2 expected later, only to accommodate the users’ choice of an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM). The Defence Research Development Organisation too is tempting the user (Army & IAF) with a desi-ATGM (Helina, the air version of Nag also called as alternate ATGM). “The weapon trials are on and we have completed the Missile, gun and rocket trials at Pokhran, Chandipur and Kalaikunda. We are conducting integrated weapon trails with all sensors coming into play,“ sources said. The Rudra is powered by Shakthi engine.
As per the initial orders, close to 70 Rudras are to be supplied to Indian armed forces. “It has comfortably-exceeded the payload and performance requirements at 6 km height. It has integrated sensors, weapons and electronic warfare suite using an upgraded version of the glass cockpit used in the Mk-III. The cockpit avionics is a state-of-the-art technology when it comes to helicopters. The sensors include stabilised day and night cameras, Infra-Red imaging, as well as laser ranging and designation,” sources said.
The weapons onboard Rudra cover all role aspects including air-to-air and air-to-ground from the stabilised and turreted high-velocity M621 20 mm cannon to long-range 70 mm rockets (8 km) and air-to-air missiles (Mistral-II). The EW suite consists of MAWS (missile approach warning system) laser and radar warning systems and automated with sensors covering all envisaged threats. It has automatic dispensation of countermeasures like chaff and fare dispensing systems.
HAL claims that Rudra is the only attack helicopter in the world which can operate in the higher reaches of the Himalayas with a decent armament load. “The MI-35 is restricted to well below 6000 feet and the newly-acquired Apache will be restricted to below 12,000 feet. This puts the onerous task of defending the Himalayas on Rudra. It is not strictly an attack helicopter in the present day context and perhaps be compared to a proof-of-concept US-Israeli Black Hawk (completed in 2009) and to the recent IAR-330 SOCAT armed upgrade version of Eurocopter’s Puma helicopter,” says HAL sources.
Both Black Hawk and Puma are in the 9 tonne AUW (all-up weight) Class, and have far lesser high-altitude performance compared to Rudra. The Mk-III version of Dhruv holds the record of landing on a helipad at 20,000 feet in Siachen (world’s highest helipad) carrying a load in excess of 600 kg, during peak summers.
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