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HAL to unveil armed Rudra helicopter in February

HAL to unveil armed Rudra helicopter in February

By Jia Xiaoguang, Sina English


Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is planning to unveil an armed variant of its Rudra advanced light helicopter (ALH) at the forthcoming Aero India Exhibition, which is scheduled to be held in February 2013 in Bangalore, India.

Fully designed and manufactured by HAL, the latest version features an array of new weapon systems, such as 20mm turreted gun, 70mm rocket pods and air-to-air combat missiles.

Commenting on the helicopter, HAL chairman RK Tyagi was quoted by The Times of India as saying that the helicopter’s combat capability has been augmented through integration of electronic warfare suite and counter-measure devices, such as flares and chaffs dispensers.

“Initial deliveries of Rudra to the army are planned in this fiscal year,” Tyagi said.

Powered by twin 1200-horsepower Shakti engines, the helicopter is able to fly at an altitude of over 20 thousand feet, a hight that enables the armed aircraft to carry out missions in the Himalayas along the Sino-India border.

Due to advanced self-defence and protection suite, the helicopter is expected to be used for several armed and unarmed missions, including heliborne assault, logistic support, reconnaissance, casualty evacuation, anti-tank warfare, close air support, and anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface vessel (ASV) operations.

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