HAL launched India’s first attack helicopter. ABP News brings to you a special experience of flying in a light combat helicopter before it joins the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force.
LCH drew extensively on an earlier indigenous helicopter developed and built by HAL, Dhruv; Using this rotorcraft as a starting point has been attributed as reducing the cost of the program. On 29 March 2010, the first LCH prototype demonstrated its first flight. A comprehensive testing program, consisting of a total of four prototypes, was conducted. During these tests, the LCH had the distinction of being the first attack helicopter to land in Siachen, landing repeatedly on several high-altitude helipads, some ranging from 13,600 feet to 15,800 feet. During mid-2016, the LCH was recognized as having completed its performance testing, paving the way for certification of its original configuration. On 26 August 2017, the limited series production of LCH was formally inaugurated.
The LCH is equipped with a glass cockpit that accommodates an integrated avionics and display system (IADS) that uses an array of multifunction displays in combination with an onboard target acquisition and designation (TADS) system. A key element of the TADS system is helmet-mounted sight (HMS), which serves as the principal means to target and trigger rotorcraft armaments. The LCH is protected through a comprehensive electronic warfare suite provided by the Saab Group’s South African division; The suite includes various defensive elements to protect against many different threats, these include radar warning receiver (RWR), laser warning receiver (LWR) and missile approach warning (MAW) systems.
The onboard sensor suite is Elbit Compass, manufactured locally by Bharat Electronics Limited. It consists of a CCD camera, a forward-looking infrared (FLIR) imaging sensor, a laser rangefinder, and a laser designer, which facilitates target attainment in all weather conditions in nighttime conditions.
Source: Defence News