A big newcomer at this year’s Aero India show was the Hindustan Aeronautics Rudra, a weaponised variant of the indigenously developed Dhruv helicopter.
Designated the Advanced Light Helicopter – Weapons System Integration (ALH MkIV), the Rudra is armed with a 20mm cannon in a chin turret. It can also carry 70mm rocket pods, anti-tank missiles and air-to-air missiles.
Two Rudras were shown at Bengaluru, with one on the static line and the other performing in the flying display.
The Indian army reportedly has plans to obtain up to 60 examples of the type.