On february 27, 2020 Union Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurated the new Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) Production Hangar at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) complex in Bengaluru, Karnataka. LCH is designed & developed by HAL, a Defence Public Sector Undertaking (DPSU).About LCH
i.LCH is a 5.5 ton class combat helicopter powered by 2 Shakti engines .
ii.It has many technical features like Advanced Light Helicopter namely- sleek & narrow fuselage, tri-cycle crashworthy landing gear, crashworthy & self-sealing fuel tanks, armour protection & low visibility features which makes it agile and survivable.
iii.LCH TD (Technology Demonstrator) – 1 is the first attack helicopter in India to land in Forward bases at Siachen, 4700 metres above the sea level with 500 kg Load on March 29,2010
iv.On August 26, 2017 it received Initial Operation Clearance (IOC).
v.Till date HAL has built & tested 4 LCH prototypes with over 1620cumulative flights (1239 flight hours).
vi.The techno Commercial Proposal for 15 Limited Series Production (LSP) helicopters has been submitted in March 2018.
i.On December 23, 1940 Walchand Hirachand established HAL in Bangalore.
ii.It produces 8 products namely- Aircraft,HElicopters, Future Products,Power Plant,Avionics, System & accessories, Aerospace , Materials & provide services to Aircraft MRO ( Maintenance, repair & operations),Helicopters MRO,Systems Accessories and Avionics & Power Plant.
iii.It’s turnover is Rs 19,705 crore till March 2019 & has achieved operational clearance on seven platforms, including Light Combat Aircraft and Light Combat Helicopter, and overhauled platforms like Hawk and SU 30 MKI.
Headquarters– Bengaluru, Karnataka
Chairman & Managing Director (CMD)– R Madhavan