IAF to induct first indigenous light combat copter next month | India News

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NEW DELHI: The IAF will induct the first indigenous light combat helicopter (LCH), which is capable of offensive operations in the Siachen Glacier-Saltoro Ridge region and eastern Ladakh, at its Jodhpur airbase in the presence of defence minister Rajnath Singh on October 3.
The phased induction of these 5. 8-tonne choppers, which are armed with 20mm turret guns, 70mm rocket systems and air-to-air missiles, will boost IAF’s capabilities against enemy infantry troops, tanks, bunkers and UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) in high-altitude areas as well as in other terrains.
Two LCHs, incidentally, were flight-evaluated in eastern Ladakh in 2020 amidst the still-continuing military confrontation with China there. “It was during the Kargil conflict with Pakistan in 1999 that the need for such an indigenously-developed armed helicopter with high-altitude capability was acutely felt for…

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