HAL Dhruv Military Helicopter
The HAL Dhruv was designed with the help of the German company Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm in a design consultant capacity, it is a multi-role helicopter for use by both military and civilian users and is manufactured by India's Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, the Dhruv pictured here is in service with the Indian Air Force who have operated the Dhruv since 2002. The Dhruv's Shakti turboshaft engine was a joint development by HAL and the French company Turbomeca.
HAL Dhruv Specifications:
- Crew: 1 or 2 pilots
- Capacity: 4-12 passengers
- Length: 15.87 m (52 ft 0.8 in)
- Rotor diameter: 13.20 m (43 ft 3.7 in)
- Height: 4.05 m (12 ft 4 in)
- Disc area: 137 m² (1,472 ft²)
- Empty weight: 2,502 kg (5,515 lb)
- Max takeoff weight: 5,500 kg (12,125 lb)
- Engines: Twin 900 kW (1,200 shp) Shakti turboshafts
- Maximum speed: 280 km/h (175 mph, 150 kn)
- Combat radius: 320 km (200 mi, 175 nmi)
- Ferry range: 827 km (516 mi, 447 nmi)
- Service ceiling: 6500 m (21,680 ft)
- Rate of climb: 8.9 m/s (1,771 ft/min)
Armament options:8 Anti-tank guided missiles4 Air-to-air missiles4 x 68 mm Rocket Pods (Air-Force & Army variants)2 TorpedoesDepth charges or Anti-ship missiles
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