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IAF: “Prachand”, India-Made Light Combat Helicopters inducted. Details Here

IAF: The Indian Air Force on Monday introduced the first batch of locally produced Light Combat Helicopters, known as Prachand, which are equipped with a variety of missile launchers and other armaments.

Here is the summary of this important story:

  • Rajnath Singh referred to the occasion as “a landmark milestone reflecting India’s capability in defence production.”
  • The Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), created by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), a state-owned aerospace company, was primarily intended for use in high-altitude environments. At a ceremony in Jodhpur, it was admitted into the IAF in the presence of Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
  • The name of the helicopter, Prachand, was revealed by the minister of defence.

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  • The Indian Army and Indian Air Force’s attack helicopter formations will be built on the light combat helicopter during the next years. The 5.8-ton, twin-engine helicopter has successfully passed a number of weapon fire tests, according to the officials.
  • Although we also have the American Apache helicopter, which is bigger and probably more competent, this one serves a particular purpose, especially during missions at extremely high altitudes where it can transport a substantial payload. The chopper’s design is wholly indigenous to India. It satisfies an Indian necessity and is an Indian integration.
  • Over Ladakh, the helicopter has been tested. It has air-to-air missiles that can destroy Chinese drones. Using air to surface anti tank weapons, it can even destroy tanks that are on the ground.
  • To the Indian Army will go 95 of these helicopters. A few others have already enlisted. Around 65 will also join the Indian Air Force. The initial allocation for the Indian Air Force was in excess of 3,500 crore, making this a tremendously expensive undertaking. As approval is granted, the price will gradually be updated. As future versions of this helicopter are created, that sanction will be granted over time.
  • The LCH and the Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv are comparable. According to the officials, it boasts several stealth characteristics, armoured protection systems, night assault capability, and crash-worthy landing gear for improved survivability. It has the necessary agility, manoeuvrability, extended range, high altitude performance, and all-weather combat capacity to carry out a variety of tasks, including as counter-insurgency (CI), destruction of enemy air defence (DEAD), and combat search and rescue (CSAR) operations.

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  • The helicopter can be used to support ground forces, conduct high-altitude bunker-busting operations, and conduct counterinsurgency operations in jungles and urban areas.
  • The helicopter can also be used to take out enemy remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs) and stationary aircraft. According to officials, it will be a powerful platform to satisfy the operational needs of the Indian Army and IAF. According to them, the LCH has been combined with cutting-edge technologies and systems that are compatible with stealth features including reduced visual, aural, radar, and IR signatures and crashworthiness features for greater survivability for use in combat missions.

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