HAL Light Combat Helicopter (LCH)

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What is taking so long for orders to be placed?
Because of the bureaucratic setup.

There are multiple levels which needs to be cleared, from IAF headquarters to MoD directors, joint-secretaries, additional-secretaries etc who are part of multiple committees, to the minister-level DAC to final cabinet approval by the CCS headed by PM.

But the good news is that most of the process is already completed and HAL has already started manufacturing the initial batch of LCH. So rest assured, the contract will be signed soon.:)
 

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What are the chances that LCH can get armour on Jaws like apache? how will it look then?
First HAL should get a fire control radar for LCH then some armour, Apache has longbow but our kanjoos ministry bought 12 longbow fire control radars for 22 Apaches but army will have all Apaches equipped with Longbow radars.
 

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Don't know... They can still be used as SANT launching platforms, without their age become to much of a factor.
As long as we are short on launch platforms, put the SANTs (Dhruvastra too) on as many varieties as possible.
 

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Don't know... They can still be used as SANT launching platforms, without their age become to much of a factor.
Hind won’t be retired any soon, they are very potent that’s why IAF never retired it and will probably upgrade their Hinds

Hind can do things only Hind can do so it won’t be retired soon, even Russia uses it as its main Attack chopper as IAF has need of heavy attack helicopters as well which 22 Apaches won’t fulfil.

For sure it will be upgraded heavily like this South African super Hind.
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Hinds are important, thats why Porkistan also bought them despite being more than 50 years old helo.
 

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As far as I know, SANT is for ALH Rudra Mk. IV and LCH.

News reports say that the Apaches are going to replace Mi-35s. Doing so would make sense because all aircraft have a lifespan associated with their airframe. Beyond this lifespan, maintenance and operating costs may become increasingly unsustainable.

Sources:
 

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As far as I know, SANT is for ALH Rudra Mk. IV and LCH.

News reports say that the Apaches are going to replace Mi-35s. Doing so would make sense because all aircraft have a lifespan associated with their airframe. Beyond this lifespan, maintenance and operating costs may become increasingly unsustainable.

Sources:
Impossible... Apaches are going to Army. Mi-35 belongs to AF.
Even in the link you shared, it confirms that SANT was tested from Mi-35. It was tested once before, that too from same platform.

So maybe you know wrong, atleast there's been no indication of you being right.
 

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Impossible... Apaches are going to Army. Mi-35 belongs to AF.
Even in the link you shared, it confirms that SANT was tested from Mi-35. It was tested once before, that too from same platform.

So maybe you know wrong, atleast there's been no indication of you being right.
22 Apaches are going to the AF. Again, it doesn’t make sense that they would test it on hind if they don't intend to keep it. Also, AF has got only 15 hinds...
 

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