The Advanced Light Helicopter Mk.4 Rudra armed helicopter for the Indian Army has achieved initial operational clearance (IOC). Dr. K. Tamilmani, CEO, Center for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC) presented the certificate to HAL in Bangalore today.
HAL's rotorcraft division chief P. Soundara Rajan said, “In this particular case it involved four major groups of systems and weapons, involving eight countries: Israel, France, Belgium, South Africa, Germany, Italy, USA and India. Nearly 23 km of cables had to be laid and hundreds of hours of flight and ground tests were carried out."
More on the Rudra here.