Indian Army Chetak Helicopter Conducts Emergency Landing in Punjab

An Indian Army Chetak helicopter has conducted an emergency landing in Ropar, Punjab on Feb. 13 due to possible technical snag.

According to local reports, all abroad the helicopter is safe. The reports added that another Army chopper is on way to the landing site.

HAL Chetak is a two-ton class helicopter operated by the Indian Armed Forces. It is the Indian license-built variant of French Aérospatiale Alouette III helicopter.

The helicopter is manufactured by the Helicopter Division of Indian state-owned aircraft manufacturer, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) after entering an agreement with French company Sud Aviation (later called Eurocopter, now called Airbus Helicopters) in 1962. The first Chetak in ‘Fly Away’ condition delivered in 1965.

The helicopter, powered by a single Artouste IIIB turboshaft engine, is suitable for commuting, cargo/material transport, casualty evacuation (CASEVAC), Search and Rescue (SAR), aerial survey and patrolling, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), off-shore operations and Underslung operations.

To date, HAL has produced and sold more than 350 of these versatile Helicopters which are in service both in India and abroad. HAL has also received orders for Chetak helicopters from Namibia and Suriname.

The Chetak helicopter is expected to be replaced by HAL’s new Light Utility Helicopter (LUH). The LUH recently acheived the Initial Operational Clearance (IOC).

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