Defence minister Rajnath Singh and IAF chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari are expected to attend the function to induct the LCH at Jodhpur air force station  (Photo courtesy: HAL)

The IAF will introduce an Indian-made light combat helicopter in Jodhpur today. Here’s everything you need to know

The first locally manufactured Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) will be inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF) today, October 3rd. The event will take place in Jodhpur in the presence of Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Air Chief of Staff Marshal VR Chaudhari.

The LCH was created to enhance the combat prowess of the Indian Air Force. The LCH’s multi-role platform is capable of firing a range of missiles and other weapons.

In March, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the purchase of 15 locally developed Limited Series Production (LSP) LSPs at a cost of 3,887 crores.

“I will be in Jodhpur, Rajasthan tomorrow, October 3, to witness the induction ceremony for the first locally developed Light Combat Helicopters (LCHs). The induction of these helicopters will be a great boost to the combat prowess of the IAF. Can’t wait to be there,” Singh tweeted.

Here are the key points of this great story

-The light combat helicopter was developed by the major state aerospace company Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL)

-The aircraft was primarily designed for deployment in high altitude regions

-The LCH has similarities with Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv. It has a number of stealth features, armored protection systems, night attack capability, and crash-resistant landing gear for better survivability.

-The LCH is equipped with the agility, maneuverability, extended range, high altitude performance and all-weather combat capability required to fulfill a range of roles including search and rescue at Combat (CSAR), Destruction of Enemy Air Defense (DEAD) and Counter-Insurgency (CI).

-The helicopter can also be deployed in high-altitude bunker-busting operations, counter-insurgency operations in jungles and urban environments as well as supporting ground forces

-The helicopter can also be used against slow moving aircraft and remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) of opponents

-Several key aircraft technologies like a glass cockpit and a composite airframe structure have been indigenized in the LCH

– According to the Ministry of Defence, 10 helicopters would be destined for the IAF and five for the Indian army

-The first locally manufactured LCH will be inducted into the IAF inventory at a ceremony in Jodhpur attended by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Chief of Air Staff, Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari

-The helicopter was tested under strict operating conditions, including at sea level, in desert regions and in Siachen. In February 2020, it was declared ready for production.

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