HAL LUH Specs, Engine, Cockpit, and Price

HAL LUH Specs, Engine, Cockpit, and Price – HAL Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) is a new generation multi-purpose helicopter manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Indian Armed Forces. The high-performance LUH will replace the Cheetah and Chetak helicopters proven in battle with the Indian Air Force and the Indian Army.

HAL LUH is designed to meet military and civilian needs. It will be able to carry out several missions such as surveillance, reconnaissance, search and rescue (SAR), medical evacuation, and cargo / troop transportation.

HAL conducted test flights on three prototype lightweight utility helicopters. The first prototype flight of LUH took place in September 2016. The second prototype of LUH made its first flight in May 2017. Finally, the third prototype completed its first flight test in December 2018.

HAL Light Utility Helicopter (LUH)


The fuselage and cabin of the HAL LUH are made of composite materials. The airframe is equipped with two access doors and a window in the harbor, as well as the right side of the hull to enter and exit passengers. The next generation HAL LUH is also equipped with a high capacity skid type landing gear. This helicopter can accommodate six passengers.

HAL LUH can be equipped with a variety of additional equipment including a rescue hoist for search and rescue operations, cargo slings, and stretchers. It is also equipped with an emergency floatation system to survive in the event of a landing accident on water. The maximum take-off weight of the helicopter is 3,150 kg.

HAL LUH specs

HAL LUH Engine and Performance

HAL LUH is powered by a Ardiden 1U (Shakthi) turboshaft engine designed by Safran. The Ardiden 1U engine integrates a two-stage centrifugal compressor together with a one-stage gas turbine generator. The engine can produce a maximum power of 1,058 kW and a maximum continuous power output of 912 kW.

The engine can be operated in Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) mode, which allows power supply for all lighting, electronic and communication systems on the helicopter. It is also equipped with a back flow combustion chamber, integral oil system and dual-channel full authority digital engine control (FADEC) system.

HAL LUH can fly with a maximum speed of 250 km / h during flight level at sea level. HAL LUH has a range of 350 km and can be extended up to 500 km with the integration of an internal fuel tank.

HAL LUH is capable of operating in highland areas such as the Himalayas. The helicopter has a 6,500 m of service ceiling and can maneuver easily due to sufficient power generated by the engine. It is capable of carrying loads up to 500 kg.

HAL LUH cockpit

HAL LUH Cockpit

HAL LUH can accommodate two crew members including pilot and co-pilot. LUH integrates a full digital glass cockpit equipped with a multi-function display (MFD). The smart cockpit display system presents main flight data on the LCD screen. This new generation helicopter also features an automatic pilot and helmet display system.

HAL LUH Price and Orders

Until now, there is no information related to prices from HAL LUH. However, HAL has received orders with a total of 187 LUH, of which 126 will serve the Indian Army and 61 will enter service with the Indian Air Force (IAF).
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