Air Chief Reviews LCH Programme, Takes a Sortie
(Source: Hindustan Aerospace Ltd.; issued Nov. 20, 2020)
Although the Light Combat Helicopter has been ready for quite some time, it has still not been awarded a production order, so the inspection and flight by the Indian Air Force chief could be seen as a sign of renewed interest in the program. (HAL photo)
BENGALURU, India --- Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, Chief of the Air Staff, undertook his maiden flight in HAL-designed and -developed Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) here today. The aircraft took to the skies at 11.45 hours and remained airborne for an hour. The CAS was accompanied by HAL’s Deputy Chief Test Pilot, Wg Cdr (Retd) S P John.

While thanking all stakeholders of the LCH project, the Air Chief said “It was a very good sortie. I was able to look at the important flying characteristics and status of sensors already installed. The LCH is a potent platform due to excellent D&D efforts and well supported flight test team.

“The IAF is keenly looking forward to the induction of this aircraft and I am sure HAL will give required focus on productionisation at a fast pace”.

Mr. R Madhavan, CMD, HAL, thanked the Air Chief and said that HAL is geared up for productionisation of LCH to meet all the requirements of the Air Force.

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