HAL to release weaponized ALH Rudra at aero show
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is set to release the weaponized version of Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), Rudra, at the Aero India 2013, to be held in the second week of February in Bangalore.
ALH, which is equipped with Integrated Architecture Display System (IADS) with multi-function displays and powered by twin Shakti engines, will now come with weapons like 20mm Turreted Gun, 70mm rockets and air-to-air missiles.
“The combat capability of ALH is enhanced using electronic warfare suite and counter-measure devices such as flares and chaffs dispensers. Sighting systems such as electro-optical pod and helmet-pointing systems have been integrated to augment target aiming capabilities” HAL chairman RK Tyagi told TOI.
The helicopter performance and firing capabilities have been established through extensive flight trials, paving the way for initial operational clearance which is expected shortly. “Initial deliveries of Rudra to the Army are planned in this fiscal year,” Tyagi added.
According to experts, HAL Rudra, with its self-defence and protection suite, has the capacity for several armed and unarmed roles like heliborne assault, logistic support, reconnaissance, air observation post, casualty evacuation, training, anti-tank warfare, close air support, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface vessel (ASV).Share this: Twitter | StumbleUpon | Facebook | Delicious | digg | reddit | buzz
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