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An almost surrealist view of IAF Cheetah helicopters seen from a hangar at Leh, with the high mountains as backdrop Country of origin: France.

Type: FAC/Casevac helicopter.

Powerplant: One Turbomeca Artouste IIIB turboshaft of 870 shp.

Capacity: Upto three passengers or external sling loads of 1000 kg.

Maximum take off weight: 2200 kg.

Maximum cruise speed: 121 kmph (75 mph).

Hovering ceiling (o.g.e.): 2400 m(7875 ft.).

Rate of climb (S/L): 250m/min.

Cheetah flies past a chorten in the Ladakh mountains