Rakesh wrote:https://twitter.com/delhidefence/status/1225716279513735168?s=20 ---> The indigenous Light Utility Helicopter, developed by HAL, received its Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) on 07 Feb 2020, at Def Expo 2020 by Ministry of Defence. This achievement sets stage for operational induction, as per orders, into the Indian Army and Indian Air Force.
This is great news. This is perhaps as good a scenario as possible for LUH. IOC is done and not one imported or Make In India Ka 226 has flown. If the first Ka 226 is to fly in next five years (if five years stays five and does become seven or ten), then LUH has a head start of 5 years. If managed properly there could be 50-75 LUH flying in that time frame.
Ka 226 platitudes, statements are necessary for keeping the Russians interested. Perhaps help with IMRH if any help is needed.
I would say the game is done and dusted for Ka 226.
Was wondering if there is a case to arm LUH? Armed gunship at 20,000 ft shall be different weapon in the armory.