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Old August 25th, 2017, 09:37 PM
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India's indigenous attack helicopters are without their main armament--anti tank missiles

Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat speaking to media has lambasted that both Indigenous Attack/combat helicopters HAL Rudra and HAL Light Combat Helicopter have major shortcomings, that is in their current configuration both do not have suitable anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), which is the main weapon of any Attack/combat helicopters around the world.

Rawat said that Air version of indigenously developed Helina based on NAG ATGM developed by Countries DRDO is not likely to be ready in near future leaving a critical void in operational capability of this two helicopters. As an Interim measure, Indian Army had asked Government of India to procure ATGM from International vendor for which three years ago trials were conducted and contenders were PARS 3 from MBDA and Spike from Israel but the government is yet to clear the deal. Indian Army has placed orders for 60 Rudra ALH Mk-IV helicopters and at Aero India 2013 first two units were handed over Army.

Pre-production of LCH (Light Combat Helicopter) is set to begin from 2018 onwards and again Indian Army has placed a requirement of 114 LCH which might be inducted again without ATGM. Rudra ALH Mk-IV helicopters currently come with French Nexter THL-20 chin mounted gun turret housing a 20 mm M621 cannon and Belgian 70 mm rockets. Rudra was also to be equipped with air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles, such as the anti-tank Helina missiles but delays have limited their operational capabilities.



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Re: India's indigenous attack helicopters are without their main armament--anti tank missiles

However , both our indigenously developed attack helicopters are capable of flying over high altitude regions like Siachen and Kargil , a capability that the IAF sorely lacked in the Kargil conflict .

During the 1999 Kargil War, operations of Indian Air Force were hampered as the only combat helicopter, the Mi-35, couldn’t operate at extremely high altitudes where most of the conflict was concentrated.

"The Mi-35 couldn’t even cross the Banihal pass. We were handicapped and badly needed a chopper that can even launch assaults at high altitudes,” (Retd) Wing Commander Unni Pillai, the chief test pilot of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) reminisced.

Seventeen years after the war, India has an indigenous combat helicopter that can carry out operations even at the 19,600-feet high Siachen glacier. Designed and built by HAL, the Light Combat Helicopter is the only machine in the world that can carry out operations at such high altitudes.

Armed with a nose gun, rockets, air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles, the LCH is a 5.8-tonne class chopper, heavily armoured and engineered for combat. The helicopter has a state-of-the-art cockpit with day/night targeting systems for the crew including the helmet pointed sight, with the help of which the pilot can aim just by looking at the target. The LCH is fitted with a self-protection suite consisting of radar/laser missile warning systems and counter measures dispensing system (CMDS).

“The machine can carry weapons up to 1,000 kg. In addition, we have a nose gun which can carry up to 300 rounds of ammunition of different type, penetrating or high explosives,” added Pillai.

Pillai said the first limited series of 10 helicopters will be available to the Indian Air Force in the next four months.
The first prototype helicopter had its inaugural flight on March 23, 2010.

Commenting on the Make in India initiative, he asserted that the requirements of the Indian Air Force can only be met by aircraft manufactured locally.

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