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HAL Dhruv

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HAL Dhruv (in Sanskrit: ध्रुव, North Star) Is a medium multi-role helicopter designed and built by the Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Indian Air Force. It is produced in both civilian and military. The helicopter is used in tasks of transport, armed reconnaissance and Medevac.

Up to now it has made 90 copies, but the Indian company aircraft plans to place at least 500 other machines in the coming years, in both civilian and military market.

Operators

Mauritius

  • Mauritius Coast Guard
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HAL Dhruv in the ILA 2008
Bolivia
Ecuador
  • Fuerza Aérea Ecuatoriana
India
Myanmar (ex-Burma)
Nepal
  • Royal Nepal Army Air Service
Suriname
  • Surinaamse Luchtmacht

Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 or 2 pilots
  • Capacity: 4-12 passengers
  • Length: 15.87 m (52 ft 0.8 in)
  • Rotor diameter: 13.20 m (43 ft 3.7 in)
  • Height: 4.05 m (12 ft 4 in)
  • Disc area: 137 m² (1,472 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 2,502 kg (5,515 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 5,500 kg (12,125 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2× Shakti turboshafts, 1000 kW (1400 shp[55])
    Alternate engine: 2x Turbomeca TM 333-2B2 turboshafts of 746 kW (1,000 shp) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 280 km/h (175 mph, 150 kn)
  • Combat radius: 320 km (200 mi, 175 nmi)
  • Ferry range: 827 km (516 mi, 447 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 8382 m (27,500 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 8.9 m/s (1,771 ft/min)
  • Power/mass: 329.73 W/kg (0.20 hp/lb)

Armament

  • Missiles: 8 Anti-tank guided missiles
  • 4 Air-to-air missiles
  • 4 x 68 mm Rocket Pods (Air-Force & Army)
  • 2 Torpedoes
  • Depth charges or Anti-ship missiles

Comaparable Helicopters

  • MBB-Kawasaki BK 117
  • PZL W-3 Sokol
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