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

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  1. Som Thomas

    Som Thomas FULL MEMBER

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    Desi combat chopper to begin production; Jaitley to inaugurate unit on Saturday
    BENGALURU: Nine months after the Defence Acquisition Committee (DAC) gave its in-principle approval for the procurement of 15 Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) for the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the army at the cost of Rs 2,911 crore, defence PSUHindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is all set to begin production.

    Official sources in HAL confirmed that Defence Minister Arun Jaitley will inaugurate the production line on Saturday. The choppers are being procured under the buy Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufactured (IDDM) category.

    The twin engine LCH is in the 5.8 tonne class featuring narrow fuselage and tandem configuration for pilot and co-pilot weapon system operator. "The raksha mantri (Jaitley) has confirmed his participation on Saturday and he will be launching the production facility at about 6pm on Saturday," a source in the know told TOI.

    The chopper has been designed by HAL's Rotary Wing R&D and the basic version has already got the clearance from CEMILAC (Center for Military Airworthiness and Certification). "The helicopter has indigenous state-of-the-art technologies like integrated dynamic system, bearingless Tail Rotor, anti-resonance vibration isolation system, crashworthy landing gear, smart glass cockpit, hinge less main rotor, Armour Protection and stealth features from visual, aural, radar and IR signatures," the official added.

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    Equipped with 20mm Turret gun, 70 mm Rocket, air-to-air missile and Helmet pointing system, the helicopter can carry out operational roles under extreme weather conditions at different altitudes from sea level, hot weather desert, cold weather and Himalayan altitudes.
    The LCH has already demonstrated capability to land and take off from Siachen Range with considerable load, fuel and weapons that are beyond any other combat helicopter.

    Jaitley, who is also the finance minister is likely to visit other defence PSUs like BEL and BEML, but sources said those visits are largely to deal with their financial matters.

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    Besides LCH, Jaitley will also visit the Hawk hanger at HAL. HAL produced its 100th Hawk jet trainer aircraft with designation as Hawk-i (Hawk-India), which the PSU says is its "indigenous role change development programme to convert the jet trainer into a Combat-Ready platform."

    Hawk-i, HAL says, is capable of delivering precision munitions including air-to-ground and close combat weapons, self defence capabilities through electronic warfare (EW) systems, digital map generator among other features.

    The aircraft is upgraded with indigenously designed avionics hardware, software and system architecture enhancing operational role from a trainer aircraft into a Combat-ready platform.
    Good news :cheers:
    http://m.timesofindia.com/india/des...ate-unit-on-saturday/articleshow/60208239.cms
     
  2. Ankit Kumar 001

    Ankit Kumar 001 Major Technical Analyst

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    Still no ATGM....
     
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    Are they not using Lahat Israeli ATGM ?
     
  4. Sancho

    Sancho Lt. Colonel Technical Analyst

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    No, Lahat was meant for Arjun as a canon launched missile. Our combat helicopters still are waiting for Helina.
     
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    Plz check:
    http://m.hindustantimes.com/india/i...-arjun-tank/story-OswmqbSCKEEHEqcbnqmDxM.html
    The DRDO CLGM replaced the LAHAT plan for Arjun MBT

    For LCH
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    http://aermech.in/hal-light-combat-helicopter-lchmulti-role-helicopterindian-armed-forces/

    LAHAT is selected as an optional until HELINA will not fully fit for LCH.
     
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    Sancho Lt. Colonel Technical Analyst

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    CLGM is the DRDO version of LAHAT, same missile, bigger warhead and some Indian components and no, neither that not LAHAT were integrated to Rudra or LCH. There is always a big difference in what weapons could be integrated and what actually will be funded for integration.

    Why should Helina not fit to LCH?
    At least the same 2 + 2 config of Rudra should be possible, while the official load configs expected a quad launcher on the inner hardpoints and a twin on the external. Unless they haven't been able to deal with the weight issues, that 4 x Helina + a rocket pod on each stub wing should be the standard load.
     
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    Nice ! Always wanted these choppers to field the Helina ATGM.
     
  9. randomradio

    randomradio Mod Staff Member MODERATOR

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    HELINA and Lahat will be part of the arsenal in time.

    I'm hoping for the ASRAAM as well.
     
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  10. Ankit Kumar 001

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    Can be , could be, and what not. HELINA is still some time far away.

    The only reality is that till 2 months back HAL was having a RFI to get A2A missiles and ATGM systems for LCH.
     
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    So happy to see our home grown helicopter go into production!!!! May these helicopters shower steel rain and unleash hellfire on our beloved enemies!!!! Vande matram, JAI HIND...
     
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    I would be very keen to read the ORBAT of the various attack choppers we are acquiring. Rudra, LCH and Apache working in tandem would be devastating.
     
  13. kaku

    kaku Major Technical Analyst

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    LAHAT from which helicopter?
     
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    SOURCE
     
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    ASHRAAM for what, anti Cruise missile, anti UAV, anti chopper ????
     

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