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2 Light Combat Helicopters deployed in Leh  

13th August, 2020 Defence

Context: Amid the ongoing stand-off on the border with China in Ladakh, two indigenous Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) have been deployed for operations at high altitude in Leh at short notice to support Indian Air Force (IAF) missions.


About the helicopter:

  • It is the lightest attack helicopter in the world designed and developed by HAL to meet the specific and unique requirements of Indian Armed Forces.
  • The IAF and the Army together need around 160 LCHs and the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has approved an initial batch of 15 LCHs.
  • LCH is a potent weapon platform with state of the art systems and highly accurate weapons capable of hitting any type of target by day or night.
  • Other features of the LCH include its ability to operate in the complete ‘Area of Responsibility’ (AOR) and altitudes and has the ability to carry adequate weapon load at high altitudes under varied conditions.