HAL’s LCH completes weapon trials
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s (HAL's) Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) has successfully carried out air-to-air missile firing on a moving aerial target at a test range in Chandipur, Odisha, the company announced on 17 January.
The milestone marks the helicopter’s completion of all weapon integration tests and its readiness for operational induction. Other weapons on the LCH include a 20mm turret gun and 70mm rockets, which have already completed testing.
The helicopter is equipped with helmet mounted sight and a forward looking infrared sighting system and is able to detect and destroy targets on the ground or in the air.
The LCH is capable of operating from dispersed locations and flying at ultra-low levels as well as high altitudes.
HAL is on order to deliver 15 LCHs: ten for the Indian Air Force and five for the Indian Army.
More from Defence Helicopter
Lockheed Martin promises a boost to the British job market and export opportunities, while strengthening ties with Poland and positioning the UK for a future in rotorcraft technology in the event of a New Medium Helicopter competition triumph.
Airbus Helicopters and KAI have agreed a contract covering the supply of helicopter components for the latter over the next decade.
The Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) is has been awarded an indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract by the US DoD to provide a high-lift heliporter designed and manufactured by Dart Aerospace to the USN.
The Indonesian military has turned its sights on S-70M Black Hawk helicopters, with the service never having bought platforms from Sikorsky before.
Longbow LLC and Lockheed Martin have received new contracts to supply Longbow fire control radars to Australia, and refurbish US Army Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (TADS/PNVS) equipment. Both systems equip the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter.