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The indigenously developed Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) is going to join the armed forces. This will be the first time that both the Air Force and the Army will operate the LCH. The Indian Air Force is going to formally induct 10 LCHs at Jodhpur ahead of the 90th Air Force Day on 3 October. The remaining 5 will be given to the Army.
Army Aviation’s DG Lt Gen AK Suri received the first LCH from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Bengaluru. This helicopter will also shoot down objects ranging from low speed aircraft to drones.
The demand for LCH is two decades old
15 LCHs built at a cost of about Rs 3885 crore are joining the army on October 3. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will induct these helicopters at the Jodhpur airbase. After getting the LCH army, this two-decade-old demand will be fulfilled.
LCH equipped with laser warning sensor
Recently, this helicopter was extensively tested during the tension situation on the LAC with China. This helicopter has been developed by Hindustan Aeronautics. It is equipped with state-of-the-art radar warning sensors, MAW 300 missiles and LWS 310 laser warning sensors.
The LCH can accommodate 8 helicopter-launched Helina anti-tank missiles, four French-made MBDA air-to-air missiles, 4 rocket pods. Its cannon can fire 750 bullets every minute.
7 Features of Indigenous Light Combat Helicopter
1. Indigenous design and advanced technology
2. able to fly in any weather
3. Helpful in keeping an eye on enemies from the sky
4. Capable of carrying air-to-air missiles
5. Capable of carrying four 70 or 68 MA rockets
6. Forward infrared search, CCD camera and also thermal vision and laser range finder
7. Also capable of performing night operations and avoiding accidents
why felt the need
During the Kargil war in 1996, the need for this helicopter was felt due to the high altitude of the enemy. Information about this was first revealed in 2006. It was tested in 2015. During this, it flew at an altitude of 20 thousand to 25 thousand feet. Last year, two of its units were deployed in Ladakh amid the confrontation with China.