The HAL Rudra helicopter is an armed development of the HAL Dhruv, an indigenous Indian utility helicopter in service since 2002. This model is capable of performing combat missions like armed reconnaissance, anti-tank combat, close air support or anti-ship combat among others. HAL Rudra have a wide range of weapons including Nag anti-tank guided missiles, 68 or 70mm unguided rockets, Mistral air-to-air missiles and Sea Eagle, Exocet, Harpoon and Gabriel anti-ship missiles. Due to its excellent capabilities it has been chosen by the Indian Navy, Army and Air Force for different missions in each case. They are built with last generation composite materials such kevlar or carbon fiber give them excellent resistance to combat damage.

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Country of origin



HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited)


Attack helicopter

Entered service


Combat weight

5,500 kg

Overall length

15.87 meters

Main rotor diameter

13.20 meters

Power plant

2 x HAL/Turbomeca Shakti 1,400 shp each or 2 x Turbomeca TM 333.2B2 1,000 shp each

Power, (total)

2,800 or 2,000 shp


Max. 290 km/h

Climb rate

618 meters per minute

Ceiling, (maximum)

6,100 meters


825 km

Combat radius

320 km

Load capacity

14 passengers or 4 stretchers – max. 2.600 kg


1 x 20mm M.621 gun into Nexter THL.20 turret and 4 hardpoints for ordnance on stub wings


Type: 68mm or 70mm rocket pods

Air-to-air missiles

Type: MBDA Mistral

Air-to-surface missiles

Type: Nag anti tank guided missiles

Anti-ship missiles

Type: Sea Eagle – Exocet – Harpoon – Gabriel


58 in service from a total order of 83 (2023)