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Indigenously-developed HAL Rudra to make its first appearance on Republic Day Parade

Indigenously-developed weapon system integrated helicopter Rudra will make its maiden appearance in the Republic Day parade on Rajpath on January 26, Indian Air Force officials said.

The flypast by the Indian Air Force on the Republic Day parade will involve 38 aircraft, including 21 fighters, 12 helicopters and five transporters, Group Captain Rahul Bhasin told reporters.

The Ensign formation of the flypast will include a Mi-17 V5 helicopter carrying the ASEAN flag to commemorate the summit meeting of India and the block of South East Asian countries to be held here on January 19-30.

“The flypast will be divided into two blocks. The second block will start with Rudra formation comprising Advanced Light Helicopter MK-IV WSI. This is the first time this aircraft is being showcased in the Republic Day Parade,” Bhasin said.

Other formations will involve C-130 J, AEW&C aircraft escorted by two Sukhoi-30 MKI, Tejas Light Combat Aircraft, Jaguar, MiG 29 Upgrade aircraft.

About HAL Rudra :

Rudra is an attack helicopter manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), for the Indian Army. It is the Weapon System Integrated (WSI) Mk-IV variant of the Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH). Rudra is the first armed helicopter being produced indigenously in India.

HAL was contracted to deliver about 76 Rudra ALH Mk-IV helicopters for the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force. The Indian Army plans to equip its Army Aviation Corps with 60 helicopters, forming six squadrons.

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 or 2 pilots
  • Capacity: 12 passengers (14 passengers with high density seating) or 4 stretchers.
  • Length: 15.87 m (52 ft 0.8 in)
  • Rotor diameter: 13.20 m (43 ft 3.7 in)
  • Height: 4.98 m (16 ft 4.06 in)
  • Disc area: 137 m2 (1,472 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 2,502 kg (5,515 lb)
  • Useful load: 2,600 kg (5,731 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 5,500 kg (12,125 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × HAL/Turbomeca Shakti turboshafts, 1,000 kW (1,400 shp)
  • Alternate engine: 2 x Turbomeca TM 333-2B2 turboshaft, 746 kW (1,000 shp) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 290 km/h (180 mph, 156.58 kn)
  • Combat radius: 320 km (200 mi, 175 nmi)
  • Ferry range: 827 km (516 mi, 447 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 6,096 m(20,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 10.3 m/s (2,030 ft/min)
  • Power/mass: 329.73 W/kg (0.20 hp/lb)

Armament

  • Guns:
    • 1 x 20mm M621 cannon into the Nexter THL-20 chin mounted gun turret (Air-Force & Army version)
  • Missiles:
    • 8 Helina (Helicopter-launched Nag) Anti-tank guided missiles (planned for Air-Force & Army version)
    • 4 MBDA Mistral short-range Air-to-air missiles (Air-Force & Army version)
    • 4 x 68 mm or 70 mm Rocket Pods (Air-Force & Army version)
    • 2 Torpedoes or Depth charges (Navy version)
    • 2 Anti-ship missiles (Navy version)

Avionics

  • Elbit CoMPASS optoelectronic suite for reconnaissance and target acquisition
  • SAAB IDAS-3 self-protection suite

 

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