Indian Air Force Updates

HAL gets order for 15 attack helicopters

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Mains Paper 3: Science & Technology | Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Particulars of the LCH

Mains level: The proposal can be seen as a part of ‘Make in India’ initiative in defence sector

Request for proposal (RFP) for the helicopters

  1. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has received a request for proposal (RFP) for 15 limited series light combat helicopters(LCH) from the Air Force and the Army

Particulars and importance of the LCH

  1. The light combat helicopter (LCH) is a 5.5 tonne class multirole attack helicopter developed by HAL, and is intended to play a major role in providing close air support to ground forces
  2. It is the only attack helicopter in the world which can operate at heights of 12,000 feet
  3. At present, four technology demonstrators are under flight testing

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