Indigenously developed Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) prototype has been successfully cleared hot weather trials at Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
The testing involved temperature survey of engine bay and hydraulic system apart from handling qualities, assessment of performance and loads at different all up weights etc.
With this successful test it will pave way for the Initial Operational Clearance (IOC), which is expected to receive it by the end 2015 and is likely to enter production from 2017-18.
Earlier in March 2015, LCH had successfully cleared cold weather trials at Leh at a temperature of -180 C and at an altitude of 4.1 km.
LCH is indigenously designed and manufactured by Bengaluru based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). It is an armed helicopter designed specifically to meet the requirements of Indian Army and Air Force.
It weighs around 5.8-tonne and has twin-engine. Its successful induction in Armed Forces will add a new milestone in the development of an indigenous attack helicopter which can fight in the treacherous and mountainous fronts of north and east of country.