HAL begins production of LCH
The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has launched the production of the Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), HAL announced on 28 August.
The basic version of LCH has been cleared by the Center for Military Airworthiness and Certification. Fifteen aircraft are to be built under the first batch.
HAL’s 5.8 ton class twin engine LCH features a narrow fuselage and tandem configuration for pilot and co-pilot/weapon system operator. Its technologies include integrated dynamic system, bearingless tail rotor, anti-resonance vibration isolation system, crash worthy landing gear, smart glass cockpit, hingeless main rotor, armour protection and stealth features from visual, aural, radar and IR signatures.
The helicopter is equipped with 20mm turret gun, 70mm rocket, air to air missiles, EO-Pod and helmet pointing system. The helicopter can operate under extreme weather conditions at different altitude levels.
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