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IAF to induct made-in-India Light Combat Helicopter today | PICS

The defence ministry said that the 5.8-tonne twin-engine helicopter has already completed various weapons firing tests. The defence ministry had said 10 helicopters would be for the IAF and five will be for the Indian Army.

Manish Prasad Reported By: Manish Prasad @manishindiatv New Delhi Updated on: October 03, 2022 6:26 IST
IAF to induct made-in-India Light Combat Helicopter
Image Source : INDIA TV IAF to induct made-in-India Light Combat Helicopter tomorrow

The Indian Air Force (IAF) will induct the first batch of indigenously-developed Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) on Monday, in what Defence Minister Rajnath Singh called  "big boost" to the IAF's "combat prowess".

The LCH, developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), has been primarily designed for deployment in high-altitude regions. It will be inducted into the IAF at a ceremony in Jodhpur in the presence of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari, officials said on Sunday.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will accept the LCH on Monday in the induction ceremony. The defence ministry said that the 5.8-tonne twin-engine helicopter has already completed various weapons firing tests. The defence ministry had said 10 helicopters would be for the IAF and five will be for the Indian Army.

In March, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) approved the procurement of 15 indigenously developed Limited Series Production (LSP) LCH at a cost of Rs 3,887 crore.

The LCH has similarities with Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv. It has a number of stealth features, armoured-protection systems, night attack capability and crash-worthy landing gear for better survivability, officials said.

"I would be in Jodhpur, Rajasthan tomorrow, 3rd October, to attend the Induction ceremony of the first indigenously developed Light Combat Helicopters (LCH). The induction of these helicopters will be a big boost to the IAF's combat prowess. Looking forward to it," Singh tweeted.

Visuals of the Light Combat Helicopter

India Tv - The helicopter can also be used against slow-moving aircraft and remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs) of adversaries.

Image Source : INDIA TVThe helicopter can also be used against slow-moving aircraft and remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs) of adversaries.

India Tv - The LCH is equipped with requisite agility, manoeuvrability, extended range, high altitude performance and all-weather combat capability to perform a range of roles including combat search and rescue (CSAR), destruction of enemy air defence (DEAD) and counter-insurgency (CI) operations.

Image Source : INDIA TVThe LCH is equipped with requisite agility, manoeuvrability, extended range, high altitude performance and all-weather combat capability to perform a range of roles including combat search and rescue (CSAR), destruction of enemy air defence (DEAD) and counter-insurgency (CI) operations.

India Tv - Officials said it would be a potent platform to meet the operational requirements of the IAF and the Indian Army.

Image Source : INDIA TVOfficials said it would be a potent platform to meet the operational requirements of the IAF and the Indian Army.

India Tv - They said state-of-the-art technologies and systems compatible with stealth features such as reduced visual, aural, radar and IR signatures and crashworthiness features for better survivability have been integrated into the LCH for deployment in combat roles.

Image Source : INDIA TVThey said state-of-the-art technologies and systems compatible with stealth features such as reduced visual, aural, radar and IR signatures and crashworthiness features for better survivability have been integrated into the LCH for deployment in combat roles.

India Tv - Four LCH helicopters have already been accepted by the IAF. The officials said IAF plans to procure more LCH in the near future.

Image Source : INDIA TVFour LCH helicopters have already been accepted by the IAF. The officials said IAF plans to procure more LCH in the near future. "We are already working with DRDO and HAL to integrate new weapons on the helicopter," said one of the officials.

India Tv - The helicopter has been tested under stringent operating conditions including at sea level, in desert regions and in Siachen. In February 2020, it was declared ready for production.

The Army has a plan to acquire 95 LCH largely for a combat role in the mountains.

Image Source : INDIA TVThe helicopter has been tested under stringent operating conditions including at sea level, in desert regions and in Siachen. In February 2020, it was declared ready for production. The Army has a plan to acquire 95 LCH largely for a combat role in the mountains.

India Tv - IAF to induct made-in-India Light Combat Helicopter tomorrow

Image Source : INDIA TVIAF to induct made-in-India Light Combat Helicopter tomorrow

(with PTI inputs)

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