PM to hand over indigenous light combat helicopter and drones to armed forces | India News

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will symbolically hand over locally developed light helicopters, drones and advanced electronic warfare suites to the armed forces.
The event will take place during the “Rashtra Raksha Samparpan Parv”, which will be held in Jhansi (UP) from November 17-19, and will also see several other nation-dedicated programs, Defense Secretary Ajay Kumar said.
“The PM will hand over the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), designed and developed by Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL), to the IAF Chief. The twin-engine LCH, in a weight class of 5 to 8 tons, is the only attack helicopter in the world capable of landing and taking off at an altitude of 5,000 meters or 16,400 feet with a considerable load of weapons. and fuel. ,” he said.
With the military and IAF together requiring around 160 such helicopters, HAL deployed two LCHs in eastern Ladakh last year to support IAF operations amid the military standoff with China. The Defense Acquisitions Board headed by Rajnath Singh has granted approval for a first 40 LCH to be manufactured by HAL.
The head of the army, meanwhile, will be given drones or drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) designed and developed by Indian start-ups. The force decided to procure these drones from Indian industry after testing and trials. “This is an example of the growing maturity of the country’s drone industry ecosystem,” Kumar said.
The PM will also provide the Navy Chief with advanced electronic warfare suites, designed by DRDO and manufactured by Bharat Electronics, for frontline warships like the native aircraft carrier Vikrant.
Other initiatives to be launched by the Prime Minister during the Jhansi Festival, which will be inaugurated by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, include Bharat Dynamics Ltd’s Rs 400 crore project to manufacture propulsion systems for anti-tank guided missiles, the establishment of 100 new Sainik schools in collaboration with the private sector, NGOs and state government, as well as the NCC border and coastal program, alumni association and national simulation training for cadets.