Rudra, MK-IV army version of Advanced Light Helicopter, handed over to Army
Bangalore, February 8, 2013
Rudra, the MK-IV version of the Advanced Light Helicopter, was handed over by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) Chairman R K Tyagi to Lt Gen Narendra Singh, Deputy Chief of Army Staff (P&S), Indian Army during Aero India 2013 here today.
Mr P Soundara Rajan, Managing Director, HAL said the helicopter is fitted with day and night targeting systems and can carry a mix of weapons (70 rockets, anti-tank missiles, air to air missiles and 20 mm turret gun), providing the required capability to search and destroy any targets.
Rudra is designed indigenously at the Rotary Wing Research and Design Centre (RWR & DC) to meet the mission specifications and tested extensively over varied terrains and firing ranges in India.
The Regional Centre for Military Airworthiness has provided Initial Operational Clearance for the project facilitating delivery of helicopters to Indian Armed Forces.
"Rudra is all set to redefine battle tactics in modern day conflicts," an official press release added.