Light Combat Helicopter Current Affairs - 2020

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.

Anti-tank Missile Helina Flight Tested

The Helicopter-launched anti-tank missile Helina was successfully test fired from the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur in Balasore district of Odisha.

Features of Helina-Anti Tank Missile

The important features of the Helicopter-launched anti-tank missile Helaina are:

  • Helina is the indigenously designed and built missile system.
  • Helina is the air-launched variant of the Nag, a fire-and-forget ATGM with an estimated range of 4 kilometers.
  • Helina’s range is estimated at between 7 to 8 kilometres.
  • Helina is guided by an infrared imaging seeker (IIR) operating in the lock-on before-launch mode and helps in further strengthening the defence capabilities of the country.
  • The infrared imaging seeker (IIR) technology is also indigenously developed and has been demonstrated in the NAG anti-tank guided missile system.
  • Helina is launched from twin-tube stub wing-mounted launchers on board Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s (HAL) Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) and Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH).

Helina is one of the most advanced anti-tank weapons in the world. The production and induction of the Helina missiles are likely to happen in 2019.