Cheetal is the re-engined version of the Cheetah helicopter. The project initiated during 2002 and aimed to enhance high altitude operational capabilities and maintainability as well as to provide a mid-life upgrade for safe & reliable operations. 

Artouste-IIIB engine of Cheetah was replaced with the modern fuel efficient TM333–2M2 engine with FADEC for better performance. In addition, an automatic Backup Engine Control system (EBCB) is equipped with engine.

Salient features:
  • Quicker start-up and easier re-light procedure.
  • Improved reliability and easier handling of engine.
  • Higher thermal margins resulting in better climb performance at high altitudes.
  • Lower noise levels.
  • Lower specific fuel consumption (SFC) provides - Higher payload, Better range and Increased Endurance
  • Cheetal has been designed to incorporate upgraded features such as light weight electrically driven Artificial Horizon, Directional Gyro, Flight Monitoring System (FMS), Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR), Modular Warning Lights, Master Flasher Warning and modern electrical system.

HAL has delivered 1st production batch of 10 Cheetal helicopters and in operation by Indian Air Force at LEH region. Helicopter is in production for other operators.
Technical Parameters
Length12.92 m
Width2.38 m
Height3.09 m
MTOW1950 kg
Cruise Speed192 Km/h
Range640 km
Endurance3.50 hr
No. of Passengers3 + 2