Bengaluru: Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) has completed performance trials paving way for finalization
of basic configuration. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, visited HAL’s helicopter complex on Oct 16,
and he was extensively briefed about the advanced features and armament fit of LCH prototypes.
“LCH is the only attack helicopter which can operate above 10000 – 12000 feet altitude with considerable
load of armament”, said T. Suvarana Raju, CMD, HAL.
Based on successful completion of remaining flight trials, HAL expects operational clearance from CEMILAC
Mr. G. Gouda, Officiating Chief Executive of CEMILAC (Centre for Military Airworthiness & Certification)
handed over a letter on completion of performance flight trials of LCH to Dr. M. Vijaya Kumar, General
LCH has completed performance flight trials which involved not only development testing at Bangalore but
also trials at extreme environment conditions such as Sea Level at Chennai, Cold weather at Leh, Hot
weather at Jodhpur and Hot & high altitude tests at Leh. Accordingly, the helicopter can be cleared for
weapon trials. With the finalization of basic configuration, HAL can start production of LCH after
the operational clearance.