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HAL hands over four cheetal helicopter to IAF

Last Updated: Saturday, July 25, 2009 - 20:42

Nashik: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)
on Saturday handed over the first batch of four Cheetal helicopters
to Indian Air Force at a function at the helicopter division,
Barrackpore, near Bangalore, an HAL press release said today.

Director (design and development), NC Agarwal, handed
over the helicopters to Air Vice Marshal Bahadur, AV,
assistant chief of air staff, IAF, it said.

IAF had placed an order for 10 Cheetals, of which the
first batch of four has been delivered, the remaining six are
expected to be handed over by September, the release said.

"We expect IAF`s order to be followed by the Army and
also the Government of India which is looking for helicopters,
especially for internal security," MD, helicopter complex, R
Srinivasan said.

"Cheetals will increase our operational capabilities,
especially for high altitude operations. We have faith in HAL
and hope it will continue to deliver and provide product
support," Air Vice Marshal Bahadur said.

Cheetal is the re-engined Cheetah helicopter which set a
world record of high altitude landing at 23,220 ft pressure
altitude equivalent to 25, 150 ft density altitude at Saser
Kangri of Ladakh region in November 2004.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, July 25, 2009 - 20:42
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