Saturday, December 4, 2021

PM Modi to hand over advanced ‘Made-in-India’ chopper to IAF

In a significant push for Make-in-India in the defence sector, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hand over the indigenous Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) to the Indian Air Force (IAF).

In addition to that, electronic warfare suites will be handed over to the Indian Navy and drones built by start-ups to the Indian Army.

The development will take place at a three-day celebration titled ‘Rashtriya Raksha Samarpan Parv’. The Defence Ministry would formally dedicate these schemes to the nation from November 17-19, 2021 in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh.

Deciphering HAL manufactured twin-engine helicopter

Designed and developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) is a new addition to HAL’s helicopter Division. The twin-engine helicopter is a 5-8 tonne dedicated combat helicopter.

Interestingly, it is the only attack helicopter in the world which can land and take off at an altitude of 5,000 m (16,400 ft). With considerable load of weapons and fuel, LCH can significantly augment the firepower of the IAF and the Army in high-altitude region.

Notably, it will eventually be deployed along the Line of Actual Control in addition to the AH-64E Apache helicopters present in service.

Navy to get advanced electronic warfare suites

PM Modi would also hand over the Defence Research Development Organisation DRDO-designed and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL)-made advanced electronic warfare suites to the Indian Navy.

The suites will be installed by all front line warships, including India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier Vikrant, which is undergoing trials.

Other initiatives

In addition to the handing over of indigenous systems to the defence forces, Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone for a project costing Rs. 400 crore for the manufacture of propulsion systems of the Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM) by Bharat Dynamics Ltd at the Jhansi node of the UP Defence Industrial Corridor.

The setting up of 100 new Sainik Schools will also be on the cards along with the launch of a National Cadet Corps (NCC) border and coastal scheme.

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