LCH inches close to cer­ti­fi­ca­tion: De­fence Min­is­ter takes de­tailed look


Light com­bat he­li­copter (LCH) com­pleted per­for­mance tri­als paving way for fi­nal­i­sa­tion of ba­sic con­fig­u­ra­tion. De­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar vis­ited the Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Lim­ited’s (HAL) he­li­copter com­plex and had a de­tailed look on ad­vanced fea­tures and ar­ma­ment fit of LCH pro­to­types.

“LCH is the only at­tack he­li­copter which can op­er­ate above 12,000 feet al­ti­tude with con­sid­er­able load of ar­ma­ment”, said T. Su­varana Raju, CMD, HAL. Based on suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of re­main­ing flight tri­als, HAL expects op­er­a­tional clear­ance from CEMILAC very soon.

G. Gouda, Of­fi­ci­at­ing Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of CEMILAC (Cen­tre for Mil­i­tary Air­wor­thi­ness & Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion) handed over a let­ter on com­ple­tion of per­for­mance flight tri­als of LCH to Dr M. Vi­jaya Ku­mar, Gen­eral Man­ager of HAL, in pres­ence of De­fence Min­is­ter and CMD, HAL.

LCH has com­pleted per­for­mance flight tri­als which in­volved not only de­vel­op­ment test­ing at Ben­galuru but also tri­als at ex­treme en­vi­ron­ment con­di­tions such as sea level at Chennai, cold weather at Leh, hot weather at Jodhpur and hot and high al­ti­tude tests at Leh. Ac­cord­ingly, the he­li­copter can be cleared for weapon tri­als. With the fi­nal­i­sa­tion of ba­sic con­fig­u­ra­tion, HAL can start pro­duc­tion of LCH af­ter the op­er­a­tional clear­ance.

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