Attack Helicopters of IAF - Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), AH-64D Apache : Updates & Discussions

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    A year after this new helicopter made its first flight, the Indian Air Force has ordered 65 Indian made Light Combat Helicopters (LCH). These will begin arriving next year, when the LCH becomes operational. LCH is a 5.7 ton helicopter gunship that cruises at 260 kilometers an hour and has a max speed of 275. Endurance is about five hours per sortie and max altitude is 5,500 meters (17,000 feet). There is a crew of two, with armament of a 20mm autocannon and about 2.5 tons of rockets, bombs and missiles. Electronics carried will allow for night attack operations.
    There are two prototypes of the LCH, and two more under construction. These four aircraft will be used to complete development work. The twin-engine LCH is similar to twin engine version of the AH-1 (like the U.S. Marine Corps AH-1Z) and European Tiger

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    And Army will buy upto 120
     
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    185 orders...not bad! :india:
     
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    Any news on export orders ? I hope the latin americans and other south east-asian countries have interest in it; especially with Dhruv being so successful :india:
     
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    There are no export orders yet, India has to fulfill its needs first and then we will participate in the export market.

    I know of the air force ordering but where is the link for the army ordering. This would be a good buy for the army aviation.
     
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    The countries who bought Dhruv could buy LCH,they know that infrastructure required for Dhruv and LCH is 90% same. And spare parts is also upto 70% same..
     
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    HAL LCH (India), Aircraft - Rotary-wing - Military

    Type
    Attack helicopter.

    Programme
    Derivative of Dhruv (which see); debut in model form at Paris Air Show, June 2001 as LAH (light attack helicopter) proposal, but was restyled LCH, signifying light combat. Original slimmed-down 'gunship' fuselage discarded and basic Dhruv airframe retained except for forward fuselage modified to tandem crew seating. Officially launched 5 February 2003 and replaced earlier LOH programme. LCH scheduled to fly within two years of government go-ahead. Primary intention is to replace Indian Army Cheetah and Chetak, but now being developed for multirole applications. Prospects improved by 2004 decision to reduce planned buy of 198 foreign combat helicopters to only 35, with LCH making up shortfall. Further configuration changes revealed by mockup at Aero India show in February 2007, with shape then described as "loosely based" on that of Eurocopter Tiger. HAL Chairman stated in February 2008 that design had been completed, and prototype then expected to fly by year-end. By then, this had been retargeted for March (later revised to August) 2009, though still anticipating IOC by end of 2010, but this not achieved.Delays due in large part to MTOW exceeding projected 5,500 kg (12,125 lb) by some 580 kg (1,279 lb). This being addressed by progressive reductions in successive prototypes, of which three being built. First of these (TD1, serial ZP4601) eventually made maiden flight 29 March 2010, with TD2 then planned to follow in September 2010. Weapons testing, begun in 2007 on a Dhruv surrogate, will be continued by TD2; IOC has been retargeted for December.

    HAL LCH (India) - Jane's All the World's Aircraft
     
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    Have they tested the HELINA ( Hel-Nag ATGM) ? It's a bit ridiculous to find Tanzania, Botswana and Morocco placing order for Nag ( although they made a wise decision) even before it is completly in use by the Army and this speculation made me consider the same situation for LCH's export ( considering it's price tag, high maneuverability, latest avionics etc etc)
     
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    Derived from the HAL Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), the new helicopter is a dedicated for attack missions, and, as such, is equipped with an enhanced weapon system, mission systems and crashworthy landing gear. The airframe is also enhanced with low-observable characteristics, primarily regarding the thermal signature. Design and development of the new platform continued at HAL in the last three years. The program is now entering the flight testing phase, expected to lead to initial operation clearance by December 2011, towards induction into Indian Armed Services.

    The twin-engine LCH is a 5.5 ton class gunship, designed with an armored, tandem cockpit, equipped with advanced glass cockpit, helmet-mounted targeting systems and full day and night operational capability. The helicopter is powered by two Shakti engines, developing 900 kW (1200 hp) each, Developing a maximum air speed of 275 km/h. This engine was jointly developed by HAL and Turbomeca of France.

    The armament suite comprises a combination of free-flight 60/68mm rockets, Mistral air-to-air missile, a nose mounted 20mm cannon from Nexter and a variety of air-to-ground ordnance including anti-tank/multi-purpose missiles, high explosive fragmentation bombs and anti-radiation missiles. It will be fitted with the Saab Aviatronics electronic counter-measures (ECM) suite for self defense.
    Relying on its air-to-air and precision guided missiles ordnance, the new helicopter is slated for a variety of combat and combat support missions including anti-helicopter and anti-UAV air defense, Destruction of Enemy Air Defense (DEAD), and escort and support for Special Heliborne Operations (SHBO), as well as counter insurgency operations. The helicopter will be integrated with both Indian Army and Air Force units. HAL plans to sell at least 150 LCHs to the military services in India.

    To support operations in high mountainous areas, the LCH is designed to take off, fully equipped from an altitude of 10,000 feet, and operate its weapons up to 16,300 feet. It will also be able to engage targets like UAVs that are flying at altitudes of up to 21,300 feet.

    http://defense-update.com/features/2010/march/lch_first_flight_29032010.html
     
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    Guess what guys ? go to the link below and scroll down just a little bit until you find a picture of the Equadorian HAL Dhruv; just below which is one hell of a surprising LCH ( the intented photo shows two EQUADORIAN officials evaluating the LCH ; although whose faces are hidden )


    Ecuadorian Armed Forces (Pictures) :
     
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    wow they are hinding the face it's no one knows that it's indian! lolol
     
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    Indian Air Force Orders 65 HAL Light Combat Helicopters for USD 1.4 billion

    Indian Air Force Orders 65 HAL Light Combat Helicopters for USD 1.4 billion

    The Indian Air Force recently announced that it will purchase 65 indigenously-designed attack helicopters in a deal worth $1.4 billion, according to a report in Defense News.

    The Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), are produced by state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). According to the report the 5.5-ton aircraft can be loaded with a variety of advanced weapons, including air-to-air missiles, anti-radiation missiles, cluster bombs, and laser-guided munitions.

    The LCH has also been designed to operate at high altitudes - as high as 18,000 feet - so that it may be utilized in operations in the country's north and in Kashmir, DN reported.

    Indian Air Force Orders 65 HAL Light Combat Helicopters for USD 1.4 billion | India Defence
     
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