HAL, Helicopter Division started manufacturing of helicopters in 1962, by entering an agreement with M/s SUD-AVIATION (Presently M/s AIRBUS (Former EUROCOPTER), France) for production of Aloutte III helicopters (Chetak). The first Chetak (Aloutte III) in ‘Fly Away’ condition delivered in 1965.

The Chetak Helicopter is a two ton class helicopter.  The seven seater Chetak helicopter is versatile, multi role, multi purpose, and spacious. 

The helicopter is powered by Artouste - III B turbo shaft engine.

The helicopter is suitable for commuting, cargo / material transport, casualty evacuation, Search & Rescue (SAR), Aerial Survey & Patrolling, Emergency Medical Services, Off-shore operations and Under slung operations. 

Till date, HAL has produced and sold more than 350 of these versatile Helicopters which are in service both in India and abroad. Recently, HAL has received orders for Chetak helicopters from MOD Namibia & MoD Suriname.
Technical Parameters
Length12.84 m
Width2.59 m
Height2.97 m
MTOW2200 kg
Cruise Speed185 Km/h
Range500 km
Endurance3.00 hr
No. of Passengers5 + 2