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HAL’s LCH completes weapon trials

22nd January 2019 - 07:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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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.

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