PV-1 (KH2003) in flight with its undercarriage down
HAL Cheetah (Alouette II)
In 1968, Sud-Aviation received a request from the Indian Air Force (IAF) for a helicopter capable of operate in high altitude. Developed from the Aerospatiale Alouette II, the SA 315B Lama soon demonstrated its capabilities as a rescue and crane machine. Over 250 was built under license as the Cheetah at HAL until the late 1980s. Although a diminishing asset with the IAF, these helicopters serve in large numbers with the Army Aviation Corps (AAC). Both Army and IAF Cheetahs, supporting Army outposts, operate at altitudes of 24,000+ feet. An option remains to re-engine the HAL Cheetah with the Turbomeca TM 333-2B2 engine.
In 1992, the honours went to two brave Indian Air force helicopter pilots, Sqn Ldr P Jaiswal and Flt Lt P K Sharma as they rescued injured Stephen Venables from higher slopes of Panch Chilli V. With snow slopes inches away from the helicopter rotors they
Date: 09 Dec 07
Unit: No.111 HU
Copyright: Richard Renshaw
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