September 29, 2022

This Cheetah was later moved out - its fate obscure

The Helicopter wing of the HAL has produced nearly 500 helicopters till date. Almost all of them Alloutte IIs and Alloutte IIIs built under license from France. Production is still continuing of the modified version of the Alloutte II, the Cheetah. The modified version is an armed COIN helicopter named the Lancer. A Single Cheetah Z-1897 represents HAL’s helicopter industry in the museum

The HAL Cheetah helicopter on display at the Museum. Note the absence of the Engine just aft of the main rotor hub.

Z-1897 has had its artouste Turboshaft engine removed. otherwise, the helicopter seems to be in imaculate condition, its glass bubble offering a unique look into the interior of the Helicopter’s cockpit. The aircraft has a rectangular self sealing tank as opposed to the cylindrical tank in most other Cheetahs. The Cheetah on display is an ex-Army Aviation wing example.

Click to Enlarge The HAL Cheetah helicopter on display at the Museum. Note the absence of the Engine just aft of the main rotor hub.

Not long after this page was written, the Cheetah was moved out – raising speculation that the HAL museum probably provided some temporary parking space to an actual serving Helicopter!

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