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The Indigenous Marvel: LCH ‘Prachand’



  Feb 21, 2024

The Indigenous Marvel: LCH ‘Prachand’



The Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) named ‘Prachand’, which translates to ‘fierce’, represents a leap in India’s defense capabilities. Its induction into the Indian Air Force signifies not only an enhancement of India’s indigenous technological prowess but also a strategic asset in the nation’s defense arsenal.

Historical Context and Development:

The need for an indigenous attack helicopter was acutely felt during the 1999 Kargil War.

The LCH project was sanctioned in 2006 with the Indian Army joining in 2013.

After rigorous testing in diverse conditions, the LCH received initial operational clearance in 2017 and was ready for production in 2020.

Key Features of the LCH ‘Prachand’:

Operates at altitudes of 5,000 meters, suitable for the Siachen Glacier.Strategic Importance:

Provides a significant boost to IAF’s combat capabilities.

Versatile in roles such as air defense, anti-tank, counter-insurgency, and search and rescue.

Enhances military preparedness along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Operational Success and Future Prospects:

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Twin-engine helicopter with advanced stealth features.

Capable of aerial combat and equipped with a range of missiles and a 20 mm nose gun.

Features an electro-optical pod for day and night surveillance.

Inducted into the IAF’s 143 Helicopter Unit ‘Dhanush’.

Demonstrated combat readiness during exercises like ‘Lightning Strike from the Sky’.

Part of India’s defense exports strategy, with countries like Argentina and Nigeria showing interest.

LCH is one of the flagship products designated for exports from the Indian aerospace maker Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

Conclusion:

The LCH ‘Prachand’ is a testament to India’s evolving self-reliance in defense technology. Its operational success and the potential for export mark a significant milestone in India’s defense sector.

Insight:

This achievement not only fortifies India’s defense capabilities but also opens avenues for India to be a prominent player in the global defense market, strengthening its position and strategic partnerships internationally.

SRIRAM’s


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