Mockup of HAL's projected light attack helicopter

TYPE: Attack helicopter.

PROGRAMME: Derivative of Dhruv; displayed in model form at Paris Air Show, June 2001 as LAH (light attack helicopter) proposal, but was restyled LCH, signifying light combat. Original slimmed-down 'gunship' fuselage now discarded and basic Dhruv airframc retained except for forward fuselage modified to tandem crew seating. Officially launched 5 February 2003 and replaces earlier LOH programme, which now to be met by foreign design. LCH scheduled to fly in 2005; intended to augment, and eventually replace Indian Air Force Mi-35 fleet.

DESIGN FEATURES: Generally as for Dhruv except for modified nose section with tandern crew seating. Four-blade hingeless main rotor with swept blade tips. Intended for anti-tank, close air support, air-to-air combat and scout roles.

STRUCTURE: Extensive use of composites to reduce radar signature.

LANDING GEAR: Non-retractable and crashworthy tricycle type.

POWER PLANT: Two 895kW Turbomeca/HAL TM333-2C2 Ardiden 1H turboshafts (Indian name Shakii) with FADEC, derated to 798kW.

ACCOMMODATION: Crew of two in tandem; ergonomic cockpit.

SYSTEMS: Four-axis autostabilisation system; anti-resonance isolation system (ARIS).

AVIONICS: Instrumentation: Dual MFDs in each cockpit.
Mission: FLIR, TV and laser range-finder/designator; helmet-mounted sights.
Self-defence: Radar and laser warning receivers; MAWS; chaff/flare dispenser.

ARMAMENT: Undernose 20mm cannon. Stub-wing hardpoinls for ASMs, AAMs or rocket launchers.

Jane's All the World's Aircraft, 2004-2005

Technical data for HAL LCH

Main rotor diameter: 13.20m, length overall, rotors turning: 15.86m, fuselage length: 13.94m, height to top of rotor head: 5.27m, stub-wing span: 4.43m, max. take-off weight: 5,500kg, empty weight: 3,243kg, never-exceed speed: 330km/h, max cruising speed: 280km/h, service ceiling: 6,500m, range with standard fuel: 700km

Tungam kapa, e-mail, 05.02.2017

I want to invent my own helicopter. . I want to know every detail of helicopter..

Yadav, e-mail, 22.05.2015

good design

Yadav, e-mail, 22.05.2015

good design

shoes, e-mail, 21.09.2011

its tail rotor should have covering as appache have. it is warning for CHINA AND PAK..... JAI HIND

shoes, e-mail, 12.06.2011

i was waiting for an atttak helichopter from india
hope they can catch up with the american appachi and camanchi

Unnikrishnan, e-mail, 23.05.2010

Whether it is inferior to its american counterparts or not, it's definitely a significant stride in India's defence power. With the chinese & pak military modernizing at alarming rate we have to ensure that we can keep our heads up. Congrats to HAL scientists....***JAI HIND***

Dushyant Awasthi, e-mail, 01.05.2010

This is an Indin answere to US Apache. It is very well built and have superior engins.But HAL should make ourself capable to proudece & supply to the forces this flying machine with in time prescrebed.

srujan hanumanthkari, e-mail, 14.11.2009

hello sir iam srujan hanumanthkari iam basically a non-engineering back ground but my hobby from childhood is designing a aeroplanes&helicopters in combat and non combat models i designed very any body those who are working in HAL please cooperate i want to design for ADVANCED MULTI COMBAT HELICOPTER WITH MY name SRUJAS

RAJEEV, e-mail, 21.09.2009

spcl thanx 2 all our scientists of HAL and DRDO for making this excellent machine and enhancing INDIA's abillity to strike deep and strike into the enimies land..AUR jo bhi desh hindu muslims ko ladwana chahta hai ye machine uski tabhahi sabit hogi..... JAI HIND.........

rajeev, e-mail, 21.09.2009

this chopper is quite comparable with american appache. but it is inferior in some features like it should be less noisy. its tail rotor should have covering as appache have. it is warning for CHINA AND PAK..... JAI HIND

Anshuman Abhisek Mishra, e-mail, 04.09.2009

This Helicopter is a good machine, nothing to think about.This image is of 2001.Check out the latest model in Wikipedia,it is clear from the image that the final version doesn't look like the Eurocopter and its design and the heavy use of composites also provide good amount of stealth. However, Armaments of the LCH are same as that of the Dhruv. But in future, after successful testing, it is likely to get some good amount of new-age weapons.In Wikipedia, make sure to check out the comparable aircrafts........

Wasa, 29.12.2007

If India can finish it to input in fighting parts that it there will be a first country of region having the fighting helicopter of own development

XxX, e-mail, 31.08.2007

i was waiting for an atttak helichopter from india
hope they can catch up with the american appachi and camanchi

Sanjay Choudhry, e-mail, 22.08.2007

Dude Krishna, Dhruv is not an attack helicopter. It is a transport and utility helicopter that has been weaponised so that it can insert troops in hostile areas. That is all. It is not a combat helicopter.

vamsi krishna, e-mail, 19.08.2007

indian concept is exllent,if they leave the cpoying mentality.even dhruv frame resembels the famous mil 24. the missile pods are like temporary. sure it lacs the main menuverability because of its bulky frame.till now i have never seen a attack helicopters body frame like that.

wasim, e-mail, 14.06.2007

I think this Hellicopter would be a good machine,as for the avionics then i bet Indians are quite cool about their avionics.
And one thing which i would not like to omit is that this hellicopter is going to have some stealthy features(as read in its specifications) is going to be a huge factor and who can forget that this machine is capable of carrying operations in siachen and thar desert.

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