HAL Light Com­bat He­li­copters or­dered

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - Aviation & Defence In India -

HAL have now for­mally re­ceived or­ders for the first batch of 15 Light Com­bat He­li­copters, 10 for the Air Force and five

for Army Avi­a­tion, each of the he­li­copters cost­ing Rs 231 crores. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, these “lim­ited se­ries pro­duc­tion” LCHs would be built in Ben­galuru, at a fa­cil­ity that for­mer de­fence min­is­ter Arun Jait­ley had in­au­gu­rated in Au­gust 2017. For se­ries pro­duc­tion of the LCH and per­haps other types, HAL is to es­tab­lish a new man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity in Tumkur to build the 114 LCHs the army has com­mit­ted for plus 65 for the IAF. “The LCH has out­stand­ing per­for­mance in hot and high con­di­tions, which is a vi­tal at­tribute to sup­port Army op­er­a­tions in the rar­efied al­ti­tudes of the north­ern borders with China.”

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