Two Made-In-India Light Combat Helicopters Delivered At LAC In Ladakh
The two indigenous fighter helicopter prototypes were tested by trained IAF pilots at the LAC
With the growing tensions between India and China at the border, the Indian government is fast moving towards enhancing its defence capabilities, through various acquisitions. The latest to join this list are two Light Combat Helicopters (LCH), indigenously manufactured by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
Delivered at the LAC (Line of Actual Control) in Ladakh at a short notice, R Madhavan, Chairman of HAL called the LCH the lightest attack helicopter in the world, designed for specific requirements of the country’s armed forces. He also emphasised on this crucial step by the company, towards making India self-reliant.
The two prototypes were tested by Indian Air Force Vice Chief Marshal Harjit Singh with test pilot Wing Commander Subhash P John, as they flew over Daulat Beg Oldi, a high-altitude location and finally landed on a perilous helipad in the region.
The two-engine helicopter is equipped with 70mm rockets and a chin-mounted cannon and can carry weapons to hit its targets from a height. According to the makers, once the weapon integration is complete, the competence of the flying machine will increase multi-fold.
This comes just a week after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh initiated a stoppage on the import of 101 military equipments, as a step towards the government’s Atmanirbhar Mission.
The manufacturing company is confident of getting an order for 15 LCH helicopters as of now, of which 10 will be used by the Indian Air Force, while five will go to the army.
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