Indian Army Rudra ALH-WSI Attack Helicopter Conducts Hard Landing in Rajastan

An Indian Army Rudra ALH-WSI attack helicopter was involved in a hard landing incident due to brown-out while flying in Nagtalao, Jodhpur in the state of Rajasthan.

HAL Rudra is an attack helicopter manufactured by India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Indian Army.

It is an armed variant of the indigenously developed HAL Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) and is also known as ALH-WSI (Weapon System Integrated).

Rudra is equipped with Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) and Thermal Imaging Sights Interface. It has integrated sensors, weapons and electronic warfare suite, and uses an upgraded version of the glass cockpit used in the HAL Dhruv Mk-III.

The helicopter is armed with a 20mm M621 cannon integrated into a Nexter THL-20 chin mounted gun turret, 70 mm rocket pods, anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM) and MBDA Mistral short-range air-to-air missiles (AAM).

The helicopter can be used in both unarmed and armed roles that include reconnaissance, troop transport, anti-tank warfare and close air support (CAS).

HAL was contracted to deliver about 76 Rudra ALH Mk-IV helicopters for the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force. The Indian Army plans to equip its Army Aviation Corps with 60 helicopters, forming six squadrons. HAL handed over the first Rudra helicopter to the Indian Army in February 2013.

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