Published on: February 7, 2023

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited

Why in news? Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s helicopter factory ,the country’s largest chopper manufacturing facility in Tumakuru district of Karnataka.


  • The factory at Gubbi would initially manufacture Light Utility Helicopters (LUH).
  • It will enable India to meet its entire requirement of helicopters without import and giving much-needed fillip to the vision of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ in helicopter design, development, and manufacture.
  • This factory will be augmented to produce other helicopters such as Light Combat Helicopters (LCHs) and Indian Multirole Helicopters (IMRHs).
  • It will also be used for maintenance, repair and overhaul of LCH, LUH, Civil Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) and IMRH in the future.
  • Potential exports of civil LUH will also be catered to from this factory, which is being equipped with state-of-the-art Industry 4.0 standard tools and techniques

About Light Combat Helicopters

  • LUH is designed and developed as a replacement for Cheetah & Chetak helicopters which are being operated by Indian Armed forces.
  • It was designed and developed by Rotary Wing Research and Design Center, one of the R&D sections of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)
  • LUH is an indigenously designed and developed three-tonne class, single-engine multipurpose utility helicopter used for civilian and military applications.
  • This helicopter with glass cockpit will be able to undertake various missions, including emergency medical services (EMS), troop transport, utility, search and rescue (S&R), VVIP, aerial reconnaissance and surveillance missions
  • LUH will be capable of flying at 220 Kmph, service ceiling of 6.5 Km and a range of 350 Km with 500 kg payload.