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Indian Army to induct indigenous weaponised chopper ALH-Rudra

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Sept 5, IRNA -- Indian Army's aerial firepower capabilities would get a boost as it was soon going to induct the attack version of indigenously-built Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) 'Rudra'.

Army officials said here Tuesday that the 'Rudra' was the first weaponised chopper built in the country and would be inducted into the Army Aviation Corps in the current financial year.

Armed with an array of guns, rocket pods, air-to-air and anti-tank guided missiles, the fleet of the weaponized helicopters, the 'heavily-loaded' ALH, has been approved for induction as part of modernisation and capability development efforts by the government, pti reported quoting the army officials as saying.

Integration of the weaponized aerial platform into the army would provide the field commanders the ability to apply decisive combat power at critical times anywhere in the battle field, they said.

Rudra is an armed variant of the ALH Dhruva chopper and 'necessary changes have been made in the airframe of the chopper to give it agility and speed to make it a suitable support weapon for the ground troops.'

The HAL was also in the process of developing a Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) which would be inducted in both the army and the Indian Air Force.

The 5.5-tonne class twin-engine chopper has a number of advanced features such as Automatic Flight Control System, Integrated Dynamic System, Full Authority Digital Electronic Control and can cruise at speeds of 250 km per hour.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30551296

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