BENGALURU: A full-scale mock-up of Indian Multi Role Helicopter (IMRH), to be built by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), was unveiled by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at Aero India.
HAL aims to indigenously develop the 12-tonne class IMRH with service ceiling of around 20,000 feet, 3,500 kg payload and seating capacity of 24. The major roles to be performed are tactical troop transport, casualty evacuation, underslung load, combat search and rescue, anti-surface operations, off-shore operations, VIP/VVIP transport and air ambulance. The Army/IAF version will have a significant hovering and payload capability, especially at high altitude. It will be powered by twin engines.
The aircraft will also be equipped with Automatic Flight Control System, state-of-the-art Mission Systems, Advanced Cockpit Display, avionics, etc, to meet the utility and armed roles of Indian armed forces. A dedicated Naval variant is also planned.
HAL will also target export orders, to replace the ageing fleet of similar class of helicopters in more than 40 air forces around the world. The minister also visited the HAL stall and witnessed the products and technologies on display.