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After IMRH, HAL has plans for Chinook Class transport helicopter


After IMRH, HAL has plans for Chinook Class transport helicopter
HAL IMRH (CGI by Satwik Sadhukhan) and IAF Chinook CH-47 (Indian Air Force)

State-funded Aerospace company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has started work on the design and development of the Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) a 13-ton medium-lift helicopter that will eventually replace the Mi-17 fleet from the Indian Armed forces starting from 2032 onwards but HAL’s Chairman and Managing Director R. Madhavan confirmed that the company is also looking to work on 20-24 ton helicopter that will put it in the league of heavy-lift transport helicopter class.

Madhavan speaking to BUSINESSWORLD confirmed that beyond IMRH, HAL will discuss with armed forces before the configuration of the new helicopter class is confirmed but these new helicopters will be placed above IMRH but in the same class of Boeing CH-47 Chinook but below Mi-26 fleet of Heavy helicopters in the hierarchy.

Interestingly HAL officials had told some years back that after IMRH, the next class of helicopters will feature a next-gen coaxial rotor system and push propeller for fast acceleration and deceleration, better speed, and combat radius, at this point it’s not clear if the reference was for 20-24 ton helicopter or Dhruv Replacement program.

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