At a ceremony conducted at Air Force Station, Jodhpur in Rajasthan, Defence Minister (Raksha Mantri) Rajnath Singh officially admitted the locally produced Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) Prachanda into the Indian Air Force (IAF). LCH would join the 143 Helicopter Unit after being inducted. Prachanda is the name given to LCH. Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Rajnath Singh, Raksha Mantri stated that the addition of Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) not only strengthens the Air Force’s combat capabilities but also represents a significant step towards the achievement of Atmanirbhar Bharat. Prachanda is developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) Inducted
LCH Prachanda officially introduced in IAF:
- Rakshsa Mantri said that, during the Kargil War, there was a clear need for a combat helicopter, and the LCH is the result of two decades of work to fill that requirement.
- LCH is a product of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL). It is a cutting-edge contemporary combat helicopter that was particularly created for use in high-altitude environments.
- The Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) assault helicopter is the only one in the world that can land and take off at 5,000 metres while carrying a sizable load of ammunition and fuel.
- Two Shakti engines power this helicopter, which also has crash-worthy landing gear, stealth characteristics, all-weather combat capabilities, armour protection, and night assault capabilities.
- Due to its thin fuselage and tandem cockpit design, Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) is incredibly nimble and manoeuvrable. Its stealth characteristics, such as a small radar cross section and a low infrared signature, enable it to sneak behind enemy lines and launch a targeted strike.