HAL Multi-role Helicopter. Photo Copyright © Vijainder K Thakur
HAL displayed a concept drawing of a Multi Role Helicopter for the first time at Aero India 2011.
The helicopter is to be used for
Tactical troop Movement
Air maintenance at high altitude
Heliborne and amphibious assault operations
Anti surface warfare
HAL is yet to select the powerplant for the helicopter.
Ukraine's Motor Sich JSC has offered to collaborate with HAL and GTRE to adapt its newly developed TV3-117VMA-SBMIV as the helicopters powerplant.
The TV3-117VMA-SBMIV is optimized for high-altitude operations and has been tested on Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters.
India has invited request for information for 16 Multi-Role Helicopter (MRH) to replace its fleet of aging Sea King helicopters. The program is valued at $ 1 billion.
It is likely HAL is developing the Indian Multi Role Helicopter to meet the long term need of the three services for a 10 ton class helicopter.