Light combat helicopter carries out air to air missile firing on moving target

LCH is the only attack helicopter in the world capable of operating at altitudes as high as Siachen glacier

GN Bureau | January 23, 2019


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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited-made light combat helicopter (LCH) has successfully carried out air to air missile firing on a moving aerial target recently.

 
The tests were jointly conducted by test pilots and engineers of HAL and Indian Air Force in integrated test range at Chandipur, Odisha in which the LCH directly hit on the aerial target and destroyed it completely.
 
HAL CMD R Madhavan says this is the first time in India that a helicopter has carried out air to air missile engagement. None of the helicopters with the military services in the country has demonstrated such a capability. With this, LCH has successfully completed all weapon integration tests and is ready for operational induction.
 
Other weapons on LCH include a 20mm Turret gun and 70 mm rockets, the firing trials of which have already been completed last year.  
 
LCH is the only attack helicopter in the world capable of operating at altitudes as high as Siachen glacier. Designed and developed by rotary wing research and design centre (RWRDC) of HAL in response to the operational needs of Indian Armed Forces and its capabilities far exceed that of contemporary attack helicopters of its class.
 
Equipped with helmet mounted sight and a forward looking infrared sighting system, LCH pilots can now detect and destroy any target on ground or in the air. Using these sights, pilots can now launch a missile onto any target without having to turn the helicopter. The fire and forget missile is effective against all types of aerial threat, including UAVs and microlight aircraft. Capable of operating from dispersed locations and flying at ultra-low levels, LCH can now effectively provide a protective umbrella from all aerial threats.
 
The defence acquisition council has approved the procurement of initial batch of 15 LCHs (10 for IAF and five for Indian Army).

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