Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has demonstrated Tail Booming Folding Mechanism
The State owned aircraft manufacturing company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has conducted a Tail Booming folding operation on a chopper which is said to be the prototype of the Advanced Light Helicopter Mk-III. According to HAL officials, existing combination of 2 blade folding achieved the stowage dimensions required by the Naval Utility Helicopter (NUH). The study of related concepts were conducted earlier, after the modification the components are being integrated with the prototype platform.
Indian Navy had asked for 111 LUH for its operations. The program has been delayed as the manufacturing vendor was not found. HAL was included in the vendors list but the Navy was not happy with the decision considering the track record of the state owned aircraft manufacturer. Indian Navy also had rejected the Naval version of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA)-Tejas which was one of the few aircrafts in the world that possesses the capabilities of Deck based operations like landing and takeoff. The Navy is also mot in favor of ship borne operations of the Advanced Light Helicopter whose prototype has been created by the HAL.