Production of HAL designed helicopter, Hawk-I aircraft begins

The LCH helicopter is equipped with 20mm turret gun, 70 mm rocket, air to air missile

GN Bureau | August 28, 2017


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 Union minister Arun Jaitley unveiled the production of HAL designed Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) and dedicated upgrade program of Hawk-i (Hawk-India) aircraft to the nation.

Jaitley said the defence PSU work culture and performance have highest standards of professionalism. “We are moving in the right direction in evolving ourselves into a major manufacturing hub. In this context, today’s experience has been encouraging”, he said.
 
HAL’s rotary wing R&D centre designed the LCH. The mission and combat system R&D centre (MCSRDC) designed the Hawk-i in association with the aircraft division.
 
HAL designed the twin engine LCH featuring narrow fuselage and tandem configuration for pilot and co-pilot/ weapon system operator. It has indigenous modern technologies like integrated dynamic system, bearing less tail rotor, anti-resonance vibration isolation system, crash worthy landing gear.
 
The LCH helicopter is equipped with 20mm turret gun, 70 mm rocket, air to air missile, EO-Pod and Helmet pointing system. It can carry out operational roles under extreme weather conditions at different altitudes from sea level, hot weather, cold weather and Himalayan altitudes. It can land and take off from Siachen with considerable load, fuel and weapons that are beyond any other combat helicopter.
 
HAL has produced its 100th Hawk jet trainer aircraft. HAL took up the indigenous role change development program to convert the jet trainer into a combat-ready platform.
 

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