Air force will get country’s first indigenous light combat helicopter today, know its features
- Indian Air Force’s first indigenous attack helicopter will be deployed
- The project was approved in 2006
- After 15 years of hard work, this light combat helicopter was prepared
October 3 i.e. today is very important in the direction of becoming self-reliant in the air-power and defense sector of the country. The Light Combat Helicopter (LACH) will be formally inducted into the Air Force on Monday in the presence of Defense Minister Rajnath Singh. Significantly, the Indian Air Force’s first indigenous attack helicopter will be deployed near the LCH border in Jodhpur and the Defense Minister himself will hand over the LCH to the Air Force in a military ceremony on Monday.
The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) headed by PM Modi approved the purchase of 15 indigenous Light Attack Helicopters (LCH) in March this year. These helicopters have been purchased from HAL for 3387 crores. Out of which 10 helicopters are for Air Force and 05 for Indian Army.
What is the specialty?
LCH is the country’s first attack helicopter. Before the Air Force, the Army has made the indigenous combat helicopter, the LCH, a part of its arsenal. On Thursday, the Indian Army said that HAL has handed over two light combat helicopters to the LCH Aviation Corps. The LCH is the country’s first attack helicopter, developed by state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
Light Combat Helicopter i.e. LCH helicopter weighs around 6 tons, making it very light while Apache helicopter from America weighs around 10 tons. Due to its light weight, the LCH can take off and land even at high altitudes with its missiles and other weapons.
The LCH attack helicopter is equipped with ‘Mistral’ air-to-air missiles and air-to-ground missiles specially sourced from France.
The LCH has two pods of 12 each of 70 mm rockets.
Apart from this, a 20 mm gun is mounted in the nose of the LCH, which can rotate in any direction within 110 degrees.
All cockpit features are displayed on the pilot’s helmet.
After the Kargil war, India had made up its mind to develop the LCH indigenous attack helicopter. Because at that time India did not have such an attack helicopter that could destroy the enemy’s bunkers by going to a height of 15-16 thousand feet. The project was approved in 2006. After 15 years of hard work, this light combat helicopter has been developed.