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Indian Air Force and Indian Army gets first made-in-India light combat helicopters in Jodhpur today

The Indian Air Force and the Army are going to get indigenously designed and developed first made-in-India Light Combat Helicopters today. With the induction of this helicopter into the army, the combat capability of the Air Force will increase significantly.

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: The Indian Air Force and the Army are going to get indigenously designed and developed first made-in-India Light Combat Helicopters today. With the induction of this helicopter into the army, the combat capability of the Air Force will increase significantly. These helicopters will enhance the combat capability of the army in combat situations with slow moving aircraft, drones and armored vehicles. These helicopters will be officially inducted into the Air Force at Jodhpur Air Force Base in the presence of Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Air Force Chief VR Choudhary. These have been developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

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Let us inform that earlier the indigenously designed and developed Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) was inducted into the Indian Army on 29 September. The first LCH was formally handed over to the Army Aviation Corps by the Director General of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). Of the 15 limited edition LCH helicopters, 10 are for the Indian Air Force and five are for the Army. The Security Cabinet Committee, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had approved the purchase of LCH a few months back.

These helicopters will enhance the combat capability of the Indian Air Force in combat situations with slow moving aircraft, drones and armored vehicles. “I would be in Jodhpur, Rajasthan tomorrow, 3rd October, to attend the Induction ceremony of the first indigenously developed Light Comat Helicopters (LCH). The induction of these helicopters will be a big boost to the IAF’s combat prowess. Looking forward to it,” Rajnath Singh’s tweet read. Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari will also be present at the event.

The aircraft has been primarily designed for deployment in high-altitude regions. 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. Earlier this year, in March, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) had met under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi had approved the procurement of 15 Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) Limited Series Production at the cost of Rs. 3,887 Cr along with Infrastructure sanctions worth Rs. 377 Cr.

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 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.

The helicopter can also be deployed in high-altitude bunker-busting operations, counter-insurgency operations in the jungles and urban environments as well as for supporting ground forces. Several key aviation technologies like a glass cockpit and composite airframe structure have been indigenised into the LCH. According to Ministry of Defence 10 helicopters would be for the IAF and five will be for the Indian Army.

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