The French Aérospatiale SA 315B Lama, single-engined helicopter that combines the lighter Alouette II airframe with Alouette III components and powerplant was licence built by HAL in India as the Cheetah and the Alouette III was license built by HAL as the Chetak.
situation. Many vendors that supplied parts to Eurocopter during the heydays are no longer around. We hear that the EC blade production line is open specifically to cater to India’s needs. How long one wonders........
Last year in May, following an accident of a BSF Chetak, all three were charred to death inside the burning helicopter. The DGCA report said the accident was caused by the loss of rotor pitch control resulting from probable failure of Hydraulic Drag Dampers in flight which imposed excessive tensile load on the Blade Spacing System. Something is radically wrong and someone better take responsibility fast.
Love former Army Chief or hate him, but a Standing Committee on Defense report tabled in Parliament pointed out a huge shortage of helicopters with the Army Aviation unit. Singh had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the poor state of Army's war preparedness and the obsolete weaponry showed the factual status.