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Air Vice Marshal Chandan Singh Rathore passed away

On March 29, 2020, the Mahavir Chakra recipient Air Vice Marshall Chandan Singh Rathore died at his Jodhpur residence. His services during the 1962 war and 1971 war were impeccable.

1971 war

During the 1971 war with Pakistan, for the liberation of Bangladesh, he planned and executed the helicopter operations. Under his directions the Indian Air Force airlifted two companies of troops in Sylhet area. He also flew 8 missions into the enemy territory to supervise the progress of the uplift.

Maha Vir Chakra

Maha Vir Chakra is the second highest military award after Param Vir Chakra. The award shall be provided posthumously. It is presented for the acts of bravery in the presence of enemy.

1962 War

In 1962 war, he was given the duty of supply dropping in Ladakh. When he reached the zone, he found that the areas were under heavy fire with attacks from Chinese forces. He still dropped the vital supplies successfully though his aircraft was hit 19 times by the enemy firings. He was awarded the Vir Chakra for his bravery.

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Light Combat Helicopter Production inaugurated in HAL Bengaluru

On February 27, 2020, the Defence Minister Raj Nath Singh inaugurated Light combat Helicopter production at the HAL complex in Bengaluru. The project is a part of the “Make in India” initiative.

Light Combat Helicopters

The Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) were completely designed by HAL. It has 2 engines and several latest technical features. The helicopters are to be deployed at the Siachen base which is 4,700 metres above the sea level. It has the capacity to carry 500 kg of load.

Significance

India has been taking several steps to strengthen the Indian Air Force and also to increase Defence Exports. India has set a target of achieving Rs 35,000 crores of Defence Exports by 2024. Manufacturing of the Light Combat Helicopter will help India achieving the above goals.

Background

The need for the production of Light Combat Helicopters came from Kargil war. The LCH is a derivative of HAL Dhruv that was developed during 1990s.

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