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IAF inducts indigenously-built Light Combat Helicopter

  • Category
    Science & Technology
  • Published
    7th Oct, 2022

Context

The Indian Air Force has formally inducted the first batch of indigenously developed Light Combat Helicopter “Prachand'.

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Details:

  • Prachand has been formally inducted into the 143 Helicopter Units – an IAF fleet in Jodhpur Base, Rajasthan.
  • The name Prachand means “fierce”.
  • The attack helicopter also known as tank buster will get its anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) only by mid-2023.
  • The ATGM intended to be integrated with Prachand is the indigenous Helina, whose air force version is called
  • As of now, the helicopter comes integrated with the European air-to-air missile Mistral 2 launchers, manufactured by the MBDA.
  • The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has approved the procurement of 15 indigenously developed Limited Series Production (LSP) LCH for Rs.3, 887 crore.
  • 10 helicopters would be for the IAF and 5 for the Indian Army.

Features:

  • 8-tonne twin-engine helicopter is designed for deployment in high-altitude regions.
  • Armed with air-to-air missiles, 20 mm turret guns, rocket systems, and other weapons.
  • Stealth features, armoured-protection systems, night attack capability, and crash-worthy landing gear for better survivability.
  • Reduced visual, aural, radar, and IR signatures and crashworthiness features for better survivability add to its stealth capability.
  • Extended range, high altitude performance, and all-weather combat capability.
  • Aviation technologies like a glass cockpit and composite airframe structures have been indigenized.

Other indigenous defense products:

  • Marut
  • Light Combat Aircraft
  • Aakash Missile System
  • Advance Light Helicopter

Made in India:

  • The Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) is designed and developed by state-run aerospace major Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL).
  • The LCH has similarities with the Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv, designed and developed by HAL.

Testing:

  • The helicopter has been tested under stringent operating conditions including at sea level, in desert regions, and in Siachen.

Significance:

  • It will enhance our capability.
  • It will boost defense production.
  • It will improve India's commitment toward self-reliance in Defence production.

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