NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA PACIFIC
HAL has received a RFP from the IAF and the Indian Army for 15 Light Combat Helicopters (LCH). The LCH is a 5.5-tonne class, combat helicopter designed and developed by HAL. It is powered by two Shakti engines and inherits several technical features of the Advanced Light Helicopter. The features that are unique to LCH are sleek and narrow fuselage, tri-cycle crashworthy landing gear, crashworthy and self-sealing fuel tanks, armour protection and low visibility features which makes the LCH lethal, agile and survivable. Presently, four technology demonstrators are under flight testing. LCH has the distinction of being the first attack helicopter to land at Forward Bases in Siachen, 5400m above sea level.