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HAL LUH / Ka-226: News and Discussions

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  1. Gessler

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    BENGALURU: A prototype of the indigenous light utility helicopter (LUH) took off at 12.15pm on Tuesday, marking the first flight of the chopper, a 187-unit order for which has already been placed with defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

    Sources in HAL said that the firm's chief test pilot Wing Commander Unni Pillai and test pilot Anil Bhambhani were in the cockpit for the first technical flight.

    "It took off at 12.15(pm) and was in the air for 15 minutes. It was a technical flight and several parameters were tested," the source could not immediately reveal all the details immediately.

    The LUH platform is a single engine multi-purpose helicopter in the three-tonne class and is designed to perform various roles like policing, urban surveillance, medical ambulance etc.

    HAL has been keen on LUH for a while now and has even embarked on a separate complex for chopper production in Tumakuru near Bengaluru, which will largely focus on LUH. The first flight of the prototype was to happen sometime last year, but there has been a considerable delay.

    Speaking about the new chopper complex in Tumakuru, HAL Chairman T Survarna Raju had told TOI earlier: "Activities that support Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), and Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv will also be taken up in the new complex."

    However, the primary responsibility will be to produce the LUH. Raju had said that if everything went well the unit could be operational by 2017-18. It will have the initial capacity to build 3 tonne class and 10 tonne class of helicopters and will be able to build about five 3-tonne class of LUHs per year.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...copters-first-flight/articleshow/54028987.cms

    @vstol jockey @randomradio There's gotta be a mistake about that part about building 5 LUHs per year. That's gotta be atleast 15 annually...even then it'd take over 10 years to fulfill the 187-order. Imagine if the foreign LUH procorement (now hovering over Ka-226T) is finally cancelled for good...it'd take 25 years to build 384 of them!

    Nope...a 2nd production line, hopefully under private-sector operation, is a must.
     
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    That's just an initial number, the production will increase to 30-40 helicopters a year.
     
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    LUH has a maximum All-Up-Weight (AUW) of 3,150 Kgs, fitted with Safran HE Ardiden-1U engine of 750 KW power, with a range of 350 KM, service ceiling of 6.5 KM, seating capacity of six passengers plus two pilots.
     
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    A little old , but still relevant I think.
     
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    General Specifications
    Credits :- Livefist and Tarmak 007

    Crew: 2
    Capacity: 5-7passengers
    Empty weight: 1,910 kg (4,211 lb)
    Max takeoff weight: 3,150 kg (6,945 lb)
    Useful Load : 1.2-1.5Tons
    Powerplant: 1 × HAL/Turbomeca Shakti 1U turboshaft engine, 1,272 kW (1,706 hp)
    Cruising speed: 220-250 km/h
    Never exceed speed: 250-280 km/h
    Range: 350-400 km
    Service ceiling: 6,500 m (21,325 ft)
    Rate of climb: >7.5 m/s (1,480 ft/min)
     
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    Just heard that HAL is going to start its production FROM 2018. There is still no confirmation on the production of Kamov 226, I don't know where the hell that deal is going.

    Anybody has any idea on the number of prototypes they will make before starting the mass production ?
     
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    Milestones

    February , 2009 :- Rs 376 Crore [56 Million USD ] sanctioned to HAL to start LUH development.

    January 2012:- Work on Ground Test Prptotype of LUH started.

    January , 2016:- All Ground Tests preceding First Flight on the Ground Testing Prototype successfully Completed.

    6, September 2016 :- First Flight Conducted.
     
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    LUH First Flight

    Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, (HAL) the public sector strong arm of India's aviation hardware crossed yet another significant milestone today. Engineers at HAL conducted a technical flight of the new indigenous Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) in Bengaluru.

    The helicopter lifted at 1210 hours and was in the air for 15 minutes inside the HAL complex. Engineers and technicians unanimously declared the flight to be flawless. The test pilots who had been conducting the flight on the new aircraft agreed with the outcome.

    HAL has already developed four highly popular models of helicopters under its belt. Its product range includes, the Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), the multi-role seven seater Chetak, the HAL version of Aerospatiale Lama SA 315 better known as the light combat helicopter (LCH) Cheetah and the anti-insurgency, close air support chopper known as the Lancer.

    Meanwhile, the test flight of the HAL LUH marks an important and significant beginning for prototype testing of this model. This is the third indigenous helicopter product from the stables of HAL after ALH and LCH. The LUH is expected to capture a sizeable marketshare for domestic and global markets.

    The LUH has a maximum All-Up-Weight (AUW) of 3,150 Kgs, fitted with Safran HE Ardiden-1U engine of 750 KW power, with a range of 350 KM, service ceiling of 6.5 KM, seating capacity of six passengers plus two pilots.

    The helicopter is designed to carry out various utility roles such as reconnaissance, transport, cargo load and rescue operations. The helicopter can operate from sea level to high altitudes of Himalayas.

    Make-in-India import substitution
    What may be significant with this development is that the HAL LUH is recognized by the international industry as a replacement to other light utility helicopters such as AgustaWestland AW109, Aerospatiale SA 360 Dauphin, Eurocopter EC135, Eurocopter AS355, Sikorsky S-70, Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk and other models.

    Going by the NDA government's push on self-reliance, introduction of the HAL LUH in the market may be a highly significant step.

    http://m.economictimes.com/news/def...t-utility-helicopter/articleshow/54032561.cms
     
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    General Specifications and Features

    The HAL LOH/LUH has the crew capacity of 2 member with the additional passengers capacity of 6 passengers.As design proposed by HAL,The LOH/LCH is powered by a single HAL/Turbomeca (TM333-2C2)Shakti 1U turboshaft engine that is capable of producing 1272Kw of power. The helicopter has the empty weight of 1675kg with the maximum takeof weight 3015kg.

    Torque will be countered by a “Fenestron” type ducted tail rotor. All these three technologies will be applied for the first time on an Indian designed helicopter. Among other features of the LOH will be a glass cockpit, and a Health and Usage Monitoring System.

    The LOH would feature a roof-mounted stabilised optronic turret housing an integrated long-range observation system comprising a thermal imager, laser rangefinder and daylight TV.



    How HAL LOH is better over old ageing Cheetah Helicopter?

    The Light Observation Helicopter is a 3-ton helicopter whose all the core components like main rotor,tail rotor,gearbox and weaponry would design and ,manufacture by HAL and rest of the less critical sub-systems are import specialist manufactures in the international market. At 200 kg (440 lbs), the LOH is to have three times the Cheetah’s payload at 18,000 feet above sea level at 20 C, the type of operating conditions needed in north-east Kashmir where the Cheetah conducts border patrols.

    How HAL LOH is differ from present Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH)?

    The LOH will be designed for operation at high altitudes of up to 6km.It will differ from the present Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) in having an all composite fuselage structure.While the ALH main rotor has elastomeric bearings,that of LOH will be bearingless. In other respects, LOH will have considerable commonality with ALH, particularly in systems and instrumentation.

    Unlike the ALH which had technical collaboration from Eurocopter-Germany,LOH will be entirely indigenous.A number of advanced technologies on the LOH are to be integrated into the ALH.Like the LOH,ALH will also have a glass cockpit Health ad Usage Monitoring system,a bearingless main rotor and a ducted tail rotor.Additionally,the other designs such as its mast bearings,transmission system and landing gear are being simplified.Efforts are made to reduce the weight of ALH by using composite material,modern avionics and complete glass cockpit for improving overall efficiency.Although the ALH is already the most advanced model in 4.5 ton to 5 ton class but these improvements made it much better.

    http://aermech.in/hal-light-observa...ht-utility-helicopter-luhindian-armed-forces/
     
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    Production Rate of LUH

    [DATA from HALs EOI sent for outsourcing of Works Related LUH ]

    HAL Envisions the LUH to start Production by 2018

    The Production Plan
    2018-19 :- 01
    2019-20 :- 07
    2020-21 :- 16
    2021-22 :- 25
    2022-23 :- 25
    To be continued untill order is fulfilled.

    PS :- I do not claim it to be authoritative and official. There are other reports which claim the production rate will be upto 36.
     
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    H?? They took four years for the ground tests.
     
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    The sooner HAL starts production is better for India. There's massive need for the medium weight choppers fleet for the armed forces. LUH can bag more orders then Kamov(already confirmed 200 units for the Russian corp) if they chruns out more helicopters annually. Offcourse a lot will depends on the performance and the continues improvement in the design.
     
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    Russian Helicopters to Build Ka-226T at 2nd Plant to Speed Up Delivery to India

    According to press release, Russian Helicopters company will launch the second production site for Ka-226T helicopters at its Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant to accelerate the assembly and delivery of the choppers to India.

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    The Russian Helicopters company will launch the second production site for Ka-226T helicopters at its Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant to accelerate the assembly and delivery of the choppers to India, the company said Monday in a press release. "The Russian Helicopters Holding… is creating a complementary production site of the Ka-226T helicopter at Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant in order to accelerate the fulfillment of the intergovernmental agreement on assembly and delivery of this latest light helicopter to India," the press release said. According to the press release, Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise will work with the Ulan-Ude plant on filling India's order as well as continue the full assembly of the helicopter for domestic clients. Russia and India signed a joint Ka-226T helicopter manufacturing agreement at the October 15-16 Goa summit.

    https://sputniknews.com/business/201612261048998170-russian-helicopters-india/
     
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