New Delhi: Indigenously designed, developed, built and weaponised version of ALH-Army version (ALH Mk IV, also named as “RUDRA”) is today accorded Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) by Indian Military certification Authorities. According to sources, obtaining IOC for Rudra is a land mark achievement in achieving self reliance in the defence sector.
Besides this, HAL will hand over formally first two production variant of RUDRA choppers to the Indian Army on 08 February, 2013 in the Aero Indiashow here at 1200 hrs. The Deputy Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Narendra Singh will receive the helicopters.
To meet the Army’s initial requirement, HAL will produce around 70 helicopters. HAL Chairman R.K. Tyagi has told that Rudra will add more teeth to the Army and more such helicopters will be rolled out by HAL for the army. Rudra can touch the ceiling up to 6 KMs.
Rudra is equipped with a mix of weapons providing it with capability to search and destroy any target. Systems like electro-optic pod, helmet-mounted sight and fixed sight facilitating firing of the onboard weapons (20 mm turret gun, 70mm rockets and Air-to-Air missiles), makes it an unforgiving machine. Redundant flight critical systems, IR suppressor, armor panels, crashworthy features and self-sealing fuel tanks enhance the survivability of the helicopter in the battlefield environment.
Plans are in the offing to integrate additional new systems on Rudra. The new systems include infra-red jammer, obstacle avoidance system for the army version of the helicopter and wire cutter for the Air Force version. It will also be equipped with Nuclear Biological and Chemical sensors.
HAL’s strength in design, development and production will be showcased through its products during the up-coming Aero-India 2013. The major attractions of the HAL’s pavilion include in-house designs such as Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), “Rudra” the weaponised Advance Light Helicopter (ALH) and Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT). “For the first time, we will present to the world glimpses of prospective multirole fighter (PMF) also known as Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA). This is under co-development with the Russians”, says HAL Chairman, R.K. Tyagi, .
ALH- Dhruv, LCH and Rudra (Mk 4 WSI) will be on flying display. Scale Models of Light Utility Helicopter, Hawk, Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) and Su-30 will also be on display.