Light Combat Helicopter: It’s a special moment for all INDIAN

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh officially welcomed the domestically made Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) Prachanda into the IAF at Air Force Station, Jodhpur in Rajasthan.

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Defence Minister (Raksha Mantri) Rajnath Singh officially inducted the locally made Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) Prachanda into the Indian Air Force at a ceremony held at Air Force Station, Jodhpur in Rajasthan (IAF). After being sworn in, LCH would join the 143 Helicopter Unit. The moniker Prachanda is used for LCH. The deployment of Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) not only enhances the Air Force’s combat capability, but also represents a key step towards the realisation of Atmanirbhar Bharat, according to Mr. Rajnath Singh, Raksha Mantri, who spoke at the event.


General attributes

Crew: 2

Length: 15.8 m (51 ft 10 in)

Wingspan: 4.60 m (15 ft 1 in)

Level: 4.70 m (15 ft 5 in)

Void weight: 2,250 kg (4,960 lb)

Max departure weight: 5,800 kg (12,787 lb)

Payload: 1,750 kg (3,860 lb) weapons

Powerplant: 2 × HAL/Turbomeca Shakti-1H1[76] turboshaft, 1,032 kW (1,384 shp) each

Primary rotor width: 13.2 m (43 ft 4 in)


Most extreme speed: 268 km/h (167 mph, 145 kn)

Never surpass speed: 330 km/h (205 mph, 178 kn)

Range with weapons: 550 km (340 mi, 300 nmi).

Perseverance: 3 hours 10 minutes

Administration roof: 6,500 m (21,300 ft)

Pace of climb: 12 m/s (2,400 ft/min)


Weapons: 1 x 20 mm M621 gun on Nexter THL-20 turret

Hardpoints: 4 , with arrangements to convey mixes of:


4 × 12 FZ275 LGR[77][78]

LCH on its maiden flight at the HAL Airport , Bangalore.

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Aerial rockets:

4 × 2 Mistral[79]

Against tank directed rocket

4 × 4 Dhruvastra (planned)[80][81]


Group ammo

Unguided bomb

Explosive launcher


Elbit CoMPASS optoelectronic suite

Rocket approach cautioning framework

Saab radar and laser cautioning framework

Refuse and flare containers

In Spring, the Top state leader Narendra Modi-drove Bureau Board of trustees on Security (CCS) supported the obtainment of 15 natively created Restricted Series Creation (LSP) LCH at an expense of Rs 3,887 crore.

The safeguard service had said 10 helicopters would be for the IAF and five will be for the Indian Armed force.

In contrast to the “Mistral-2” from MBDA on the IAF LCH, the Army LCH will be armed with a new air-to-air missile, a 20 mm nose cannon, 70 mm rockets, and a Helina anti-tank guided missile. To provide close anti-armour assistance for all pivot formations, the Army intends to integrate attack helicopters with them.

After the 1999 Kargil conflict, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) conceptualised the twin-engine LCH, a 5-8 tonne class specialised combat helicopter. The helicopter is perfect for use in high-altitude regions of the Siachen Glacier because it has a combat radius of 500 km and a service ceiling of 21,000 feet.

The LCH has similitudes with Cutting edge Light Helicopter Dhruv. It has various covertness highlights, reinforced insurance frameworks, night assault ability and crash-commendable landing gear for better survivability, authorities said.

The LCH is outfitted with imperative deftness, mobility, expanded range, high elevation execution and all-weather conditions battle capacity to play out a scope of jobs including battle search and salvage (CSAR), obliteration of hostile air safeguard (DEAD) and counter-revolt (CI) tasks.

The helicopter can likewise be conveyed in high-height shelter busting activities, counter-rebellion tasks in the wildernesses and metropolitan conditions as well concerning supporting ground powers.

The helicopter can likewise be utilized against sluggish airplane and remotely steered airplane (RPAs) of enemies.

Authorities said it would be a powerful stage to meet the functional necessities of the IAF and the Indian Armed force.

They said cutting edge advancements and frameworks viable with secrecy elements, for example, diminished visual, aural, radar and IR marks and crashworthiness highlights for better survivability have been coordinated into the LCH for arrangement in battle jobs.

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