India orders Cheetah helicopters

Feb. 25, 2013 at 3:05 PM
Sign up for our Security Newsletter

BANGALORE, India, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- The Indian Ministry of Defense has given Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. a $77.18 million contract for Cheetah single-engine utility helicopters.

The aircraft, to be produced over a four-year period, will be used by the Indian army. Under the award, HAL will also provide pilot and technical training to military personnel.

The Cheetah is based on a helicopter from Aerospatiale of France, which is part of EADS. It is powered by a Turbomeca TM 333-2M2 free turbine turboshaft engine. It has a range of nearly 400 miles and an endurance of about 3.5 hours.

It is used for personnel transport, medical evacuation, reconnaissance and rescue operations and cargo transport using a sling.

Among its cockpit instrumentation and features are systems such as electrically driven artificial horizon, directional gyro, flight monitoring, cockpit voice recorder and master flasher warning system.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines