HAL LCH :: Is It A Better Attack Helicopter Than of American Apache ??

In kargil war Indian army feel the need of a Attack Helicopter that is capable of doing operation at high altitudes. In 2006, HAL came up with a new project that now they develop a attack helicopter (LCH- Light Combat Helicopter developed by HAL). After the announcement of this project In 2010 HAL is able to prepare its first prototype which take its first take with in 2010.

No only this that India Army need this type of attack helicopter because of kargil war but also India Army want to replace it’s cheetah and chetak aging fleet and Indian govt does not want that theses helicopter were replaced by a foreign helicopter. Govt want that these helicopter must be replaced by domestically build Helicopter. LCH is based upon HAL Dhruv or we can say that its LCH is a derivative of HAL Dhruv. Because it is based on existing helicopter it reduces the cost of the project. In 2000 HAL Dhruv was inducted in Indian Armed forces. In 2010, IAF interested to buy 65 LCH’s but Indian army want more, Indian army want to buy 114 LCH which help to perform fast combat operation by there own, these helicopter are also used to spy India’s enemies.

LCH will not only help us in war scenario in low altitudes regions like Thar, Rajasthan but also help us in defeating our enemy in Siachen glacier. In past we have to send our army in Siachen without any direct fire support from heavy weapons. All they had was what they could carry on their backs to fight enemy but deployment of LCH in this region will help our army to defeat our enemy in high altitude region.

During its trial in year 2015, LCH become the first attack helicopter in this world who successfully manage to land on siachien glacier and other high altitudes landing also tested this year from 13000 ft to 15,800 ft. In 2015 HAL received a letter from CEMILAC in the presence of defense minister, in this letter it is mentioned now HAL LCH completed its all trial from hot weather to Extreme cold with different payloads at different speed and HAL LCH passed all its trial.

In 2017 Defense minister Arun jaitely of that time, Inaugurated the full scale production of HAL LCH . This year (2018) HAL tests its own build automatic flight control system, which will replace the automatic flight control system of foreign player which is used by HAL till now. This system is used by HAL in this LCH.

LCH is 5.8 ton attack helicopter, build locally and powered by (made in India) two helicopter engines namely Shakti, these engines are also used to power HAL Dhruv. HAL LCH also feature most modern technologies like smart glass cockpit, anti-resonance vibration isolation system, Armour protection, crash worthy landing system, bearing less tail rotor, 20 mm turrent gun, 70 mm rocket, air to air missile, air to land missile, anti tank, helmet pointing system, and two seater attack helicopter.

HAL want that Indian govt must show case this helicopter to other countries too so that they are able to get some foreign customers too. And it is also assumed that Indian army and Indian Air-force also increase there order in future. To get foreign customers this attack helicopter is showcased at different defense expo and some countries also there interest in this attack helicopter due to its capabilities. Some African countries are evaluating this attack helicopter because they have keen interest in HAL LCH. This helicopter must increase our armed forces abilities and there are lots of chances of this attack to export.

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  1. Great article in terms of content! However, it’s a passion to read because of incorrect language and grammar.

  2. Great article in terms of content! However, it’s a pain to read because of incorrect language and grammar.

  3. We have purchased APACHE Longbow Attack Helicopter even at higher Price than Su-30 MKI.
    As we have to counter Pakistan and China Nexus in future in every War like situation.
    We have to emphasize more on Quantity.
    We have received just 26 Apache Helicopter , which is not at all near for safeguarding our long Border with Chinna and Pakistan.
    We need atleast 1000 LCH for our ARMY Aviation Wing itself to make a Fool proof Safety Mechanism.

    All the Helicopters should be made in India through our HAL Plant.

    Yashpal Singh Bangari

    Jai Hind
    Vande Mataram

    1. HAL need to come out of helicopter manufacturing, it has too much painful backlog to nation and schedule delays in Tejas 1A, 1B and 2 manufacturing and design development of Tejas final 5th generation craft, its manufacturing output is just half of its similar gency in pakistan in JF-17 manufacturing, HAL’s entire effort must now concentrate on Tejas development and manufacturing.

      Seems it has taken too much rice, which it cannot eat properly.

      Moreover, ACH deeply FALLS SHORT of Apache as a attack helicopter, with a poor comparative payload and half quantity of hard points, its design needs to improve, Nave has rejected ACH due to poor attack capacity, high time to engage a different agency, possibley a domestic private agency, to improve the design and take over from HAL. seems to do jingoism and HAL appeasement, it seems to have deviated from the cause of ATMANIRVAR BHARAT.

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