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Indian manufacturer HAL hands over Cheetah utility helicopter to Namibian Air force

India on Wednesday handed over a Cheetah utility helicopter to the Namibian Air Force at the Aero India air show in Bangalore.

India's premier aerospace company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited will also supply two more Chetak helicopters to the African nation under a contract signed in 2009.

"HAL is committed towards meeting the target of handing over two Cheetahs to Namibia and work in this regard is in full swing", HAL managing director P Soundara Rajan said here after handing over the chopper to the Namibian defence minister.

As per the delivery schedule, the Cheetah is ready and the second and the third helicopter (Chetaks) will be handed over to Namibian Air Force by June 2011.

The Cheetah is a French-origin helicopter designed for operation over a wide range of terrain and is operated by various military and civil operators all over the world.

Due to its excellent power weight ratio, the Cheetah is one of the best suited helicopters for operations in hot tropical weather and missions at high altitude.

The helicopter can be utilised for communication duties (passenger transport), logistics support (cargo and material transport), casualty evacuation, search and rescue, surveillance and observation and under slung load operations.

 

Russia Introduces New Helicopters to Indian Aviation Market

Russian Helicopters, presented its lineup at the 8th International Exhibition on Aerospace, Defence & Civil Aviation Aero India 2011 – the premier air show in the region. The exposition at Stand A 26 showcased the light multi-role Ka-226T, medium civil Mi-17 helicopters, the all-weather Ka-32A11BC, heavy Mi-26T2, and the Mi-28NE – the export variation of the cutting-edge Mi-28N Night Hunter attack helicopter that is in service with the Russian Army.

Several contracts were signed with Indian civil helicopter operators in 2010, for the delivery of 4 Mi-172 and 2 Ka-32A11BC helicopters. They will be delivered in 2011-2012. The Mi-172 is already certificated in India. The Ka-32A11BC also recently received certification in December 2010.  It was certificated by EASA in 2009.

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Tuesday, 08 February 2011 12:39

Russian All-Weather Ka-32A11BC Certified in India

The Ka-32A11BC, the Russian civil all-weather coaxial helicopter, has been certified for operations in India. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation of the Republic of India (DGCA) allowed operations on the basis of the certificate issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

EASA issued a standard EASA.IM.R.133 certificate for the Ka-32A11BC in 2009. The certificate allows any company to commercially operate the helicopter. In 2008 the Ka-32A11BC was certified in China, Indonesia, and South Korea. In 2005 it received Mexican certification. The helicopter received a supplement to the airworthiness certificate in 2006 in Canada. This allowed the helicopter to carry corporate passengers (the Canadian certificate itself was issued in 1998). The certification procedure for the Ka-32A11BC has also been started in Brazil.

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