Light Combat Helicopter (LCH): Updates & Discussions

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    German Anti-Tank Missile Tested for India
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    it's good for anti-PLA,
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    Indian Light Combat Helicopter TD-2 successfully tested by HAL



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    Another major milestone was by achieved by India’s state owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). According to our sources the HAL’s flagship helicopter development program Light Combat Helicopter’s (LCH) second prototype TD-2 (Technology Demonstrator) achieved its first flight at 1500hrs IST. This a major boost for the program as this prototype is expected to be a weaponized version.


    The nature of this test flight is not yet clear but it is believed that the helicopter made low level hover similar to first test flight of LCH TD-1. The TD-2 also has lots of Indian Army specific inputs like the revolutionary digital camouflage. Also the TD-2 is 100kgs lighter than the TD-1. TD-2 is also equipped with a fully functional target acquisition and pilots vision pod a feature which was not seen in TD-1.


    Plan to develop an attack helicopter was finalized in October 2006 after the design concept developed by HAL was approved by the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force. Need for a modern attack helicopter platform was felt by the Indian military during late 90s when its attack helicopter fleet comprising of some 30 Russian Mi-24s and Mi-35s proved to be useless at high altitude and lacked sophistication needed by complex modern wars. It was decided to develop an attack helicopter which could fulfill the unique and different needs of the Army and the Air force.


    LCH was designed out of HAL’s highly successful multi-role utility helicopter “Dhruvâ€￾. Dhruv first entered service in 2002 and since have carried out its duties in a very successful manner. Dhruv is also being exported to many countries. Developing LCH from Dhruv saved HAL preciously needed time. So far the IAF has placed an order of 65 LCH’s and the Army has placed an order of 114. According to estimates the LCH should receive its Final operational clearance by 2013/2014 after which it will enter service.


    The LCH incorporates stealth features, ability to perform night operations and crash landing gear for high survivability. The LCH will have a narrow fuselage, with two crew stations. The LCH is being designed to fit into an anti-infantry and anti-armour role and will be able to operate at high altitudes (16,300 feet). HAL will supply the Indian Air Force with 65 and Indian army with 114 gunships. The helicopter is powered by the HAL/Turbomeca Shakti turboshaft engine. The helicopter will be equipped with helmet-mounted targeting systems, electronic warfare systems and advanced weapons systems.
    The LCH is to have a glass cockpit with multifunction displays, a target acquisition and designation system with FLIR, Laser rangefinder and laser designator. Weapons will be aimed with a helmet mounted sight and there will be an electronic warfare suite with radar warning receiver, laser warning receiver and a missile approach warning system.

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    Any new pics of the LCH, other than from Aero India? Just asking because we often see pics of the LCA tests, but LCH mainly when it is presented on the air show. Can't wait to see it with a real weapon package. Btw, Thales presented a new version of the Top Owl HMS, which Samtel produces as well, would be interesting to know if LCH will get this helmet, or even the latest version:

    http://www.armyrecognition.com/pari...ted_sight_display_at_paris_air_show_2011.html
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    India flies its second Light Combat Helicopter prototype
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    ALL NEW HAL LCH COMPARISON TABLE :coffee::victory:

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    An Update On India's Helicopter Programme

    The delayed weaponised version of India's ALH Dhruv helicopter, designated Dhruv-WSI will begin a fresh a final round of firing trials next month, starting with its 20-mm turret gun, followed by trials of its 70mm rockets and MBDA Mistral air-to-air missiles in November. Aiming for initial operational clearance (IOC) by December this year, deliveries of the production helicopters are set to happen before March 2012. The weapon systems are currently being ground tested in integrated configuration (IADS).

    In October, the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) programme will begin its first off-base trials at sea-level, followed by off-based hot weather and cold weather trials at high altitude in Ladakh. Weapons trials will commence between the hot and cold weather trials. HAL aims to finish flight testing by February 2013. A third prototype/tech demonstrator TD-3 is under fabrication and will soon join the test programme. While no firm orders have yet been placed for the LCH, the IAF (primary customer) has confirmed a requirement of 65 units, while the Army has said it intends to order 114.

    After freezing configuration in June 2009 and design in August last year, HAL is now in the process of identifying systems and equipment for its Light Utility Helicopter (LUH). The transmission and rotor system design has been completed, and is fully indigenous. Raising of assembly jigs and fixtures is currently in progress. One ground test vehicle (GTV) and three prototypes of the LUH are planned, with a first prototype flight in 2012 and initial operational clearance by 2014. Apart from servicing a requirement of 187 helicopters from the Army and IAF, HAL expects to sell at least 100 to the civil market.

    While the weaponised Dhruv and LCH will be manufactured in existing HAL facilities, greenfield production lines will be built for the LUH and medium-lift Indian Multirole Helicopter (IMRH). For the latter, design and development is yet to begin, as HAL hasn't identified a technology/design partner yet.

    Livefist: An Update On India's Helicopter Programmes
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    ^^^That's the Light Combat AIRCRAFT, mate. This is the Light Combat HELICOPTER thread.
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    oops, my mistake.
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    The LCH will prove to be very useful in the hilly and jungle terrain of the North-East, ladakh.......it will provide the IA air support in the region......it can be used to neutralize enemy artillery by penetrating behind enemy lines......also the road n rail linkages of the enemy can be devastated by the heli.....it will provide a stealth air platform for the army to eliminate enemy positions specially in hilly regions....
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    Re: Indian Air Force Orders 65 HAL Light Combat Helicopters for USD 1.4 billion

    Pls do not give these helos to IAF. They will end up blowing their own Tanks. They sank an IN Boat off Jamnager in 1971.
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    Re: Indian Air Force Orders 65 HAL Light Combat Helicopters for USD 1.4 billion

    but it can be happen in war time sometimes there can be a possibility of misunderstanding and friendly fire can take place ......this also can bhe happened if you gave LCH TO ARMY
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    Re: Indian Air Force Orders 65 HAL Light Combat Helicopters for USD 1.4 billion

    IAF is a bunch of bafoons who believe in let someone else die. I as a naval officer did a stint with them and to my shock always found them to be below average. In IN you can just forget to be an executive branch officer if you are not atleast a science graduate. In IAF i have come across many who were graduates in languages.

    Bunder kay haath main talwar nahin deni chahiyeh. IAF is full of bafoons.
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    may be its true

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