These 15 choppers were purchased at a cost of Rs 38.87 crore and infrastructure sanctions of Rs. 3.77 crore.
To significantly improve the combat capabilities of the Indian Air Force (IAF), the first batch of homegrown light combat helicopters (LCH) will be introduced into the IAF’s inventory at a ceremony held today in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. increase.
Indigenous Chopper is set to take office at the IAF in the presence of Defense Minister Rajinath Singh.
“The introduction of these helicopters will greatly boost the IAF’s combat power,” tweeted Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.
The new chopper introduced to the army is capable of aerial combat, helping to combat slow-moving aircraft, drones and armored columns during combat.
Singh was also present at the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) which cleared the purchase of 15 of these LCHs for the Air Force and Army. Approved he has 15 limited production helicopters, 10 for his IAF and 5 for the Army. They can carry weapons and fuel and take off and land from an altitude of 5,000 meters, officials said.
Choppers are widely flown in Ladakh and desert areas to meet military requirements. The IAF has introduced several helicopters into its fleet over the last three to four years. Chinook, Apache attack helicopter, and now he’s the LCH.
The IAF currently has female pilots aboard the Chinook Chopper, which carries routine resupply missions to the northern and eastern borders.
CCS will meet in New Delhi on 30 March 2022 under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It has procured 15 Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) at a cost of Rs 38.87 crore and approved infrastructure sanctions of Rs 3.77 crore.
These helicopters are independently designed, developed and manufactured state-of-the-art modern combat helicopters, containing approximately 45% domestically sourced by value. This gradually increases to over 55% in the SP version.
“The helicopter will provide the necessary agility, maneuverability, extended range, high-altitude capability, and combat search and rescue (CSAR), destruction of hostile air defenses (DEAD), counter to slow-moving aircraft and remotely piloted aircraft (RPA). Insurgency (CI) operations, high-altitude bunker destruction operations, counter-insurgency operations in jungle and urban environments, and ground force support will be a powerful platform to meet operational requirements. of the Indian Army,” the Ministry of Defense said.
Cutting-edge technologies and systems compatible with stealth features such as visual, auditory, radar and IR signature reduction and anti-collision features for greater survivability have been integrated into the LCH to ensure the next three generations of It was deployed in combat roles to meet new needs. Up to 40 years.
Several key aviation technologies are indigenized, such as glass cockpits and composite airframe structures. Future series production (SP) versions will consist of even more modern proprietary systems.
Under Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan, India continues to develop its capacity to independently design, develop and manufacture advanced state-of-the-art technologies and systems in the defense sector.
HAL’s production of LCH will further boost the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative, boosting the country’s defense production and the indigenization of the defense industry.