Indian Army Rudra Helicopter Crashes in Jammu and Kashmir, One Pilot Killed

An Indian Army Rudra helicopter crash-landed in Lakhanpur in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir on Monday (Jan. 25) killing one pilot.

There were two pilots on board and they received serious injuries in the crash. They were evacuated to Military Base Hospital nearby where one of the injured pilots succumbed to his injuries.

The deceased pilot was identified as Lt. Col. Rishabh Sharma (36).

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).

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

The helicopter is in service with the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force.

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