In a big transfer, the prime minister-led Cupboard Committee on Safety (CCS) on Wednesday authorized the procurement of 15 indigenously developed Gentle Fight Helicopters (LCH) at a price of Rs 3,887 crore.
The defence ministry mentioned 10 helicopters shall be for the Indian Air Drive and 5 shall be for the Indian Military.
“The CCS has authorized procurement of 15 Gentle Fight Helicopter (LCH) Restricted Collection Manufacturing at the price of Rs 3,887 crore together with infrastructure sanctions price Rs 377 crore,” it mentioned.
Gentle Fight Helicopter Restricted Collection Manufacturing (LSP) is an indigenously developed fight helicopter containing round 45 per cent indigenous content material by worth which is able to progressively improve to greater than 55 per cent.
The state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) produces the helicopter.
The choice to acquire the helicopters got here within the midst of the three providers focusing extensively on enhancing their general fight capabilities in view of India going through myriad safety challenges together with alongside the borders with China.
The LCH is provided with requisite agility, manoeuvrability, prolonged vary, excessive altitude efficiency and all-weather fight functionality to carry out a spread of roles together with fight search and rescue (CSAR), destruction of enemy air defence (DEAD) and counter-insurgency (CI) operations, in keeping with the ministry.
It mentioned the helicopter may also be deployed in excessive altitude bunker-busting operations, counter-insurgency operations within the jungle and concrete environments and for supporting floor forces.
The helicopter may also be used in opposition to slow-moving plane and remotely piloted plane (RPAs) of adversaries.
The ministry mentioned it could be a potent platform to fulfill the operational necessities of the Indian Air Drive and the Indian Military.
“State-of-the-art applied sciences and techniques appropriate with stealth options resembling diminished visible, aural, radar and IR signatures and crashworthiness options for higher survivability have been built-in into the LCH for deployment in fight roles catering to rising wants for the subsequent three to 4 many years,” the ministry mentioned in a press release.
“A number of key aviation applied sciences like a glass cockpit and composite airframe construction have been indigenised. The long run series-production model will include additional trendy and indigenous techniques,” it mentioned.
The ministry mentioned India is repeatedly rising in its functionality to indigenously design, develop and manufacture superior innovative applied sciences and techniques within the defence sector underneath the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan’.
“The manufacturing of the LCH by the HAL will give an additional push to Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative and enhance indigenisation of defence manufacturing and the defence trade within the nation,” it mentioned.
“The manufacturing of LCH will cut back import dependence for fight helicopters within the nation. Gentle Fight Helicopters are already within the import embargo record. With its versatile options built-in for fight missions, LCH has the export functionality,” the ministry mentioned.