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​AERO INDIA: HAL proposes new 12t helicopter

Hindustan Aeronautics has revealed a mock-up of its proposed Indian Multirole Helicopter (IMRH)

The 12t helicopter, if developed, would serve as a replacement for India’s fleet of MiL Mi-8 and Mi-17 utility helicopters.

HAL envisages the helicopter as being able to accommodate 24 passengers. Total payload would be 3,500kg, and its service ceiling 20,000ft.

Missions for the new type would comprise troop transport, casualty evacuation, combat search and rescue, offshore oilfield support, and VIP transport.

HAL also hopes to find export customers for the proposed type.

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