HAL Light Combat Helicopter (LCH)

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Wrong notion.
Without order, HAL can't deliver product.
HAL is only saying that by 21 March they would deliver 3 LSPs out of 15 as they are confident of order signing by AI 21 conclusion. So a good marketing strategy.
'We might see it in the Aero India 2021. Fingers crossed.
 

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INDIAN FORCES TO GET LOCAL CHOPPERS EVEN BEFORE FORMAL CONTRACT
As of now, the defence ministry has given approval for procurement of an initial batch of 15 LCHs but the numbers are expected to go up as the first ones enter service


New Delhi: Indian forces facing China’s aggression in Ladakh will shortly receive indigenous attack helicopters which have proven their worth in high altitude areas during recent tests, adding muscle to the airborne fleet that currently consists of AH 64E Apache choppers.

Officials said the Army and Air Force will receive a light combat helicopter (LCH) each by March, even before formal orders have been placed, as the production programme is on and necessary certifications have been received. “In recent tests by the armed forces in high altitude areas of Ladakh, the helicopters demonstrated that they can operate with adequate payloads,” Hindustan Aeronautics Limited chairman R Madhavan told ET.

He said the helicopters can be produced in quantities required by the forces. The LCH will also be among the premium offerings by India at the upcoming Aero India show, where potential foreign customers are expected to go for test flights as well. Officials believe the LCH has good export potential in the region.



As of now, the defence ministry has given approval for procurement of an initial batch of 15 LCHs (10 for Air Force and five for Army) but the numbers are expected to go up as the first ones enter service. The helicopters have been specially designed keeping the requirements of high altitude forces and the lessons learnt during the Kargil war, where such a capability was missed.

The 5.5-tonne class combat helicopter designed and developed by HAL is the first of its kind to have landed at forward bases at Siachen at an altitude of 4,700 meters with a 500 kg load. A production facility for the chopper has been established at Bangalore and only orders are awaited from the armed forces for adequate numbers.

The new production hangar set up last year can reach a peak production of 30 helicopters per year. The LCH has successfully carried out a range of missions, including firing of an air-to-air missile – the first by a chopper developed in India. It is also equipped with a 20mm Turret gun and 70 mm rockets, the firing trials of which have already been completed.
 

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Indian Defence Updates : AMCA Advanced Cockpit,12 MQ-9B Order,3 LCH Delivery,Super Sukhoi Approval
 

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Anyone know why the IA/IAF are STILL yet to spec a self protection suite for LCH? I mean the least they could’ve done is put the same saab SPS from Rudra on it or is this still going to happen before they hand it over? Or because it’s IOC and a LSP only they won’t have such a basic system integrated?


LCH is designed by HAL to have a DIRCM but there isn’t even a RWR on this bird, very very perplexing.
 

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This has been designed to be an eagle for the mountains, just wait a few years they will come up with bull for the plains.
There were some talks about a medium combat helo is any news of that in aero india?
 

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There were some talks about a medium combat helo is any news of that in aero india?
According to the HAL chief, the preliminary design is complete and should the government approve, a prototype can be made ready in 3 years. This helicopter would be in the class of Apache
 

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