India to acquire 15 light combat helicopters from HAL

According to a PR published by the Indian government on March 31, 2022, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) met under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 30 March 2022 in New Delhi. The CCS has approved the procurement of 15 Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) Limited Series Production at the cost of Rs. 3,887 Cr along with Infrastructure sanctions worth Rs. 377 Cr.

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India to purchase 15 Light Combat Helicopters from HAL Indian-made Light Combat Helicopter (Picture source: Air Recognition)

The HAL Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) is an Indian multi-role attack helicopter designed and manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). Its flight ceiling is the highest among all attack helicopters.

Equipped with a two-person tandem cockpit to accommodate a pilot and co-pilot/gunner, it has been developed to perform both the anti-infantry and anti-armor missions.

In terms of its basic configuration, the LCH possesses a relatively narrow fuselage and is equipped with stealth profiling, armor protection, and is equipped to conduct day-and-night combat operations.

It is furnished with an integrated dynamic system, including a hingeless main rotor and bearing-less tail rotor, which works in conjunction with an anti-resonance isolation system to dampen vibrations.