Designed for use in the Indian Armed Forces, the helicopter features main rotor blade folding, armor plating, flare and chaff dispensers (FCD), a glass cockpit with Integrated Architecture and Display System (IADS)  and night flying capability.  The aircraft can be fitted with a hoist, cargo sling, emergency floatation systems, auto pilot and a fixed sight (with FLIR, CCD, LFR and Laser Designator).

The HAL Light Utility Helicopter has a maximum weight of 3,120 kg and payload of 400 kg.  The aircraft seats 6 passengers in addition to the two pilots.  


Data on design, manufacture and status

Parent type: No type defined

Aircraft status: Operational


Primary flight and mechanical characteristics

VTOL type: Helicopter

Lift devices: 1 Single main rotor

Dedicated control device: 1 Tail rotor

Crew required: 2 in Side-by-side arrangement

Landing gear: Skids

Key Characteristics

Data on key physical features

Aircraft Details

Data on aircraft configuration, weights, flight performance and equipment


References and sources used

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
14 June 2017 (page )

The Twin-Engine BO-105
A.C. Ballauer and P. F. Sheridan
VERTIFLITE August 1969, August 1969 (page )
Good description of the overall vehicle

Vertiflite, Spring 2011, India Special
AHS International
Hirschberg, Mike. "Frome Chetak to Dhruv: The History of HAL Helicopters". Vertiflite, Vol. 57, No. 1. 2011. Print., 2011 (page 58)

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