Defence Minister Inaugurates HAL’s LCH Production Hangar

Bangalore

Defence Minister Mr. Rajnath Singh inaugurated the new LCH Production Hangar at Helicopter Division here today in the presence of HAL CMD Mr. R. Madhavan and other senior officials. 
 
LCH is completely ready for operational induction and Helicopter Complex is fully geared up for the production of LCH, says Mr. R. Madhavan CMD, HAL.  The new production hangar will augment the LCH production capacity to reach a peak production of 30 helicopters per year, adds Mr. GVS Bhaskar, CEO, Helicopter Complex.  The techno Commercial Proposal for 15 Limited Series Production (LSP) helicopters has already been submitted by HAL in March 2018 and the order is awaited.  The total projected requirement is for around 160 helicopters.
 
HAL also apprised Defence Minister on the progress of new design and development program of indigenous Indian Multi Role Helicopter (IMRH). The full scale mock-up was showcased to the Minister. The IMRH (for IAF, Navy and Army) is proposed as a replacement to the existing medium lift helicopters such as Mi17’s, Kamovs and Seakings which will phase out in the next eight to ten years and HAL is keen to complete the development of IMRH during this time.  Induction of indigenous IMRH will result in considerable savings of foreign exchange. Preliminary Project Report (PPR) for Development has been submitted to MoD for sanction of funds by CCS.
 
About LCH:
LCH is a 5.5 ton class combat helicopter designed and developed by HAL.  It is powered by two Shakti engines and inherits many technical features of the Advanced Light Helicopter.  The features that are unique to LCH are sleek and narrow fuselage, tri-cycle crashworthy landing gear, crashworthy and self-sealing fuel tanks, armor protection and low visibility features which makes it agile and survivable.  LCH has the distinction of being the first attack helicopter to land in Forward Bases at Siachen, 4700 mts above sea level with 500kg load.  As part of development, four LCH prototypes have been built and extensively flight tested with over 1620 cumulative flights (1239 flight hours).  LCH received Initial Operation Clearance (IOC) on August 26, 2017, in the presence of the Defence Minister.

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Thursday, February 27, 2020
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