The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the procurement of 15 Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) at a cost of Rs 3,887 crore along with infrastructure sanctions of worth Rs 377 crore at a meeting today.
Of the 15 helicopters, the Indian Air Force will receive 10 and the rest will go to the army.
The Limited Series Production Light Combat Helicopter (LSP) is a state-of-the-art modern combat helicopter designed, developed and manufactured locally with 45% indigenous content in value which will be gradually increased to over 55% for serial production. version.
The MoD said the helicopter is equipped with the agility, maneuverability, extended range, high-altitude performance and round-the-clock, all-weather combat capability required. It is suitable for performing combat search and rescue (CSAR), destroy enemy air defense (DEAD) and counter-insurgency (CI) operations against slow-moving aircraft and remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), operations high altitude bunker destruction, counter insurgency operations in jungle and urban environments and provide support to ground forces.
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It would be a powerful platform to meet the operational needs of the Air Force and the Army.
“Advanced technologies and systems, compatible with stealth features such as reduced visual, sound, radar and infrared signatures and crashworthiness features for improved survivability, have been integrated into the LCH for deployment in combat roles that meet the emerging needs of the next three to four decades,” the Department of Defense said.
Several key aeronautical technologies, such as the Glass Cockpit and the composite structure of the airframe, have been indigenized. The future serial production version will include other modern and native systems.
Under the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan, India is continuously developing its capacity to design, develop and manufacture advanced state-of-the-art technologies and systems locally in the defense sector, the Ministry of Defense said.
The manufacturing of LCH by HAL will give further impetus to the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative and boost the indigenization of defense production and defense industry in the country.
“The production of LCH will reduce the import dependency of combat helicopters in the country. Light combat helicopters are already on the import embargo list. With its built-in versatile features for combat missions, the LCH has export capability.”