Photo Credit: SP's Special Correspondent
April 18, 2015: HAL is powering on with the LUH ahead of a potential first flight in July or August this year. HAL, which has responded to the Indian Army RFI for reconnaissance & surveillance helicopters (RSH) has decided to play its hand aggressively in the 'Make in India' environment sweeping the country's defence procurement. The LUH, displayed in complete form for the first time at Aero India this year, is all set to lift off shortly. At HAL, are currently in the process of identifying crucial on board systems and equipment to speed up the process. For instance, HAL has called for information to supply an electrically operated Rescue Hoist System for lowering or raising personnel from an airborne helicopter using a rescue seat, rescue basket or a rescue stretcher. "The Rescue Hoist System will be an off the shelf fully qualified equipment with necessary minor adaptations incorporated to cater for installation interface of the helicopter & to meet the technical requirements of this specification," says HAL.