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

Discussion in 'Indian Air Force' started by flanker143, Mar 16, 2011.

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    Notsuperstitious 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    Another tender? Thats many more years. Many many more.

    Choosing L2 was not an option under MMRCA. The process forbade it.
     
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    See the SE tender, in fact this government has already a track record of cancelling and reissuing tenders.
     
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    Not from the outset but HAL is working with DRDO for one within the next 4-5 years.
     
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    DIRCM? Nice! This beast is going to be cutting edge in all areas..



    + 7000m ceiling up from the 6500m that HAL had earlier targeted (and that ALH is capped at), that's pretty mind blowing- this thing must be a real dream to fly at lower altitudes with such reserves of power and high TWR.
     
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    That was part of the concept from the beginning. If you look at older mock ups or graphics you will see DIRCM turrets behind the engine and similar to what we have seen at the AW 101 VVIP helicopters. Another one in the forward area below the cockpit is a must have as well. Kargil has shown how vulnerable helicopters can be and since then, IAF is constantly improving their EW capabilities.
     
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    on a scale of 1-10 how confident are you India will order more Apaches and Chinooks?

    I'm hovering around an 8 right now.
     
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    I'd say it's a foregone conclusion, India needs plenty more of both; and both are the best helicopters money can buy in their respective categories.
     
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    The IA says they need 39 Apaches, 3 squadrons for their 3 strike corps. So that will most likely happen in the near future.
     
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    10 regarding Apache: in fact we're already getting an initial 6 for the Army Aviation Corps (on top of the 22 for IAF). And as it's clear AAC will not be content with 6 (and IAF will never give up it's own fleet), and keeping in mind Army's buying patterns for combat helicopters in recent times (they always buy a larger number of helos than the same type operated by IAF), I think it's very safe to say AAC's Apache fleet will end up being bigger than IAF's. And that is whilst including possibility of additional orders for both services. I've known analysts saying the Apache fleet could be between 60-100, but as they will be ordered in batches it'll take a while to get there.

    HAL LCH
    IAF: 64
    AAC: 114

    HAL Rudra
    IAF: ~60
    AAC: ~120

    Oh and btw, the Apache fuselages are now produced in India (by Tata).

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    And yes, around 8 for Chinook. This will have a great deal to do with the raising of new Mountain Strike Corps and others. They'll have a great utility ferrying cargo & slung loads in the Himalayas. Can't wait to see IAF CH-47Fs slinging around the IA's M777s to and from advantageous positions in the mountains, where no wheeled/tracked SPH can reach.

    I have the same analysts looking at a maximum of around 45 Chinooks over the years. But it may well be lesser - not sure.

    I think IAF will definitely be interested in the planned Chinook Block-II upgrade program, as well. We can use the extra lifting power and robustness (thanks to new blades and engines).
     
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    For now, yes. But I expect that requirement to grow substantially in the near future, once current orders of Apaches are followed through with. India's armed forces could use the fire power, plus if you think about it, with the aircraft shortage in the IAF, one innovative way to makeup for the shortfall in capability in the short term, would be to buy more Apaches and attack helicopters (all to be transferred to the Army) so that the aircraft which IAF does have in its inventory can be partially freed from the support role.
     
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    I do support the transfer of all helicopters that the army needs to the army themselves.

    @Hellfire What's the story behind IAF's reluctance in transferring most of the rotary wing assets to the IA? The IAF only needs some light utility and SAR helicopters.
     

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