Proposed Helicopter IULH (Indian Ultra-Light Helicopter) is a Twin Seater Helicopter with single crew, can carry a payload of 350 kg (Fuel + Useful Load, including passenger), with a range of 300 km for a take-off weight of 850 kg. Fuel, useful load, and range are to be managed based on the requirement and role within the defined scope of this helicopter.
IULH will be designed to meet the requirements of FAR 27 standards appropriate to small rotorcraft category adapting any exclusions along with Certification agencies. Helicopter will be certified for Day/night all weather capability with VFR requirements.
It is prudent to include advanced technologies to sustain this product for longer period be it propulsion Turboshaft engine with FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control), Integrated Cockpit Displays, Composite materials and most suitable Avionics to present certification and airworthiness requirements.
200 hp (150 kW)
Maximum Gross Weight
Approximate Empty Weight
Pay load (Including Pilot, Passenger and Standard
3 kms (10,000 ft)
Major application of this product comes under civil platform only.
Maiden flight of the Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator was carried out successfully by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) from the Aeronautical Test Range, Chitradurga, Karnataka on July 01, 2022. Operating in a fully autonomous mode, the aircraft exhibited a perfect flight, including take-off, way point navigation and a smooth touchdown. This flight marks a major milestone in terms of proving critical technologies towards the development of future unmanned aircraft and is significant step towards self-reliance in such strategic defence technologies.
The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle is designed & developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Bengaluru, a premier research laboratory of DRDO. It is powered by a small turbofan engine. The airframe, undercarriage and entire flight control and avionics systems used for the aircraft were developed indigenously.
Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh has congratulated DRDO and said it is a major achievement towards autonomous aircraft and will pave the way for ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ in terms of critical military systems.
Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy appreciated the efforts of the teams associated in the design, development and testing of the system.