WEAPONISATION OF ADVACED LIGHT HELICOPTER
If import of defenceware has been a major drag on India’s trade balance, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd offers some solace with its invention - Rudra helicopters. Improvising on its in-house developed advanced light helicopter, HAL has weaponised it to make it a “tactical air asset” for the Defence Services. The all-weather Rudra, which is armed with a 20mm turreted gun, 70mm rockets, air-to-air missiles, electronic warfare suite, flare and chaff dispenser gives the Indian armed forces a combat edge in any battle situation in any terrain. A major initiative towards attaining self-reliance, HAL’s Rudra is comparable with some of the best in the world and can be a major foreign exchange earner in future.