HAL Rudra – attack helicopter, developed by Indian aircraft manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in 2007.
The design of the HAL Rudra helicopter began to be carried out by Indian aircraft developers from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in 2005. As a fundamental principle, the engineers took the HAL Dhruv model of the aircraft, which was carefully optimized for military purposes, in particular, for performing special operations, as well as for use as an independent combat unit capable of waging an active fight against enemy manpower, lightly armored and armored vehicles, as well as with ships and submarines, for which a wide variety of different weapons is used.
The helicopter model HAL Rudra made its first test flight in 2007, and because all flight technical tests were successful and properly, the current model was soon sent to mass production, where it is today.
The helicopter model HAL Rudra was first introduced to the general public only in 2012, however, the release of aircraft began much earlier – for several reasons, aircraft manufacturers and direct operators of the aircraft did not reveal the potential capabilities of this helicopter.
Depending on the scope of its application, as well as its intended purpose, the HAL Rudra helicopter can be equipped with the following weapons:
- 20 mm. automatic aircraft gun;
- A set of guided anti-tank missiles;
- A set of guided missiles to combat air targets;
- A set of unguided missiles to combat ground targets;
- 2 anti-ship missiles;
- 2 anti-submarine torpedoes.
Even though the HAL Rudra helicopter belongs to the class of combat attack aircraft, the current aircraft can also be used to transport people or cargo on board. The maximum passenger capacity of this aircraft is 14 people, while the maximum carrying capacity is limited by the maximum permissible take-off weight of 5500 kilograms.
The aircraft of the HAL Rudra model is equipped with a gas turbine power plant, which consists of either two Turbomeca Shakti engines with a power of 1400 hp each, or two Turbomeca TM 333-2B2 aircraft engines, each of which has a thrust of 1000 hp The maximum speed developed by the HAL Rudra helicopter is 290 km \ h., While the radius of combat use is limited to 320 kilometers.
There are two main options for the HAL Rudra helicopter:
- HAL Rudra Mk.III – version for electronic warfare;
- HAL Rudra Mk.IV – combat attack version of the helicopter used in the Armed Forces of India;
- Crew: 2 people;
- Capacity: 14 people (depending on version);
- Length: 15.87 m.;
- Height: 4.98 m.;
- The diameter of the rotor: 13.2 m. (Depending on version);
- Empty helicopter mass: 2500 kg .;
- Maximum take-off weight: 5500 kg .;
- Cruising speed: 265 km \ h. (Depending on version);
- Maximum flight speed: 290 km \ h. (Depending on version);
- Maximum flight range: 320 km. (Depending on version);
- Maximum flight height: 6100 m.;
- Powerplant: 2 x Turbomeca Shakti (depending on version);
- Power: 2 x 1400 hp (Depending on version).