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29 Comments on "Up Close With India’s Light Combat Helicopter (Prototype 2)"

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3 years 11 months ago

Whether this is same as rudra..if I am not mistaken

Anonymous
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Anonymous
3 years 11 months ago

Looks beautiful yet deadly. Cant wait to see this beauty fly and take out all who oppose or conspire against us. And this is one of the fastest developed armed helicopter in the whole world.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
3 years 11 months ago

friggin beauty…

Sarab aka Mirza
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3 years 11 months ago

Cockpit is too expose for COIN and close in support.
May be later day we could see more refurbish Cockpit with some small window and Armour.

Tako Nada
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Tako Nada
3 years 11 months ago

Star gunship…..sleek but deadly…

soorya narayan
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3 years 11 months ago

this is different from rudra..in rudra both pilots sit side by side like in dhruv . but in LCH the 2nd pilot sits behind the first pilot in a higher position like in 2 seater fighter jets

Anonymous
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3 years 11 months ago

No…this is not the rudra…rudra is the weaponized version of ALH…lch is a dedicated attack helicopter

Anonymous
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Anonymous
3 years 11 months ago

What a beast of war. Need to order lots of these to support forward troops.
I like the commonality with Dhruv/Rudra. It will keep costs down and availability high.
Have to admit that Dhruv–>Rudra–>LCH is a MASTERSTROKE in decision making. Keep it up guys.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
3 years 11 months ago

Looks something similaer like the Cobra from US which was made from Hue in Vietnam conflict. Seems the DRDO is going the same way will have to wait and watch.

parthvader89
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parthvader89
3 years 11 months ago
I applaud the effort but there are inherent weaknesses in the design that will never make it fit for an attack helicopter role. 1. The whole airframe is a bit long considering the rotor diameter. Not enough stress to decrease footprint so it can hide in the wild. But I guess it can still be worked with. 2. Tail section is ALL WRONG! You will see that ALL attack helicopters have a low tail with the bottom line profile being almost flat from front to aback. This is why LCH's rear landing gear is awkwardly long and hanging. If that… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
3 years 11 months ago

The adage is slow and steady wins the race but hope they do not crawl in any case a very good achievement keep it up

Anonymous
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3 years 11 months ago

beautiful pics of a lovely chopper

Gessler
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3 years 11 months ago
To PARTHVADER89: 2) Believe it or not, the high-tail concept suits LCH better. The flight computer of the LCH knows the dimensions of the bird and it knows where to fly and where not to, and it warns the pilot accordingly, And besides, the pilot knows his machine and where and how to fly and maneuver it. Wheather its a low boom or high boom, the overall dimensions of the copter does not change, and at very low altitudes, ANY chopper is threatended by obstructions, even Apache. 3) The size of landing gear depends on how much weigh they need… Read more »
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Anonymous
3 years 11 months ago

The only sensor I can see is a FLIR/CCD on the nose Apache has like 4 of them. It also lacks a mounted radar on top. Which missiles system will it use?

Ram
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3 years 11 months ago

Great effort. Sexy beauty. I guess cockpit would be further developed.

sents
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3 years 11 months ago

I cannot wait to see the day LCH, Rudra, LCA Tejas with Kaveri engine, performing daily sorties in the Indian Air Force.

Mridul baruah
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3 years 11 months ago

@ Sents…Kaveri wont be used in Helicopters…as far as LCA is concerned…DRDO has already dropped the idea…so it will be better if you stop waiting.

Anonymous
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3 years 11 months ago

To PARTHVADER89,
As far as I know the designs are made with the help of super computers, analysis are also done. They are not for ramp show.
Don't judge a machine by its apearance.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
3 years 11 months ago

LCH cannot carry 16 anti tank missiles and is thus not in league of any other attack helicopter in the world and is just a dedicated version of rudra attack copter

Anonymous
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3 years 11 months ago

LCH overall design looks great but weapon payload capacity is low 🙁 just 4 missiles and unguided rocket pods.It should have been at least 8 missiles and two rocket pods.May suffice high altitude requirements only.

Navin choudhary
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Navin choudhary
3 years 11 months ago

If you have all the required knowledge then make a chopper your selves.

Navin choudhary
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Navin choudhary
3 years 11 months ago

If you have all the required knowledge then make a chopper your selves.

nikdash
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nikdash
3 years 11 months ago

Why only three prototypes …We should have built 10 prototypes and accelerated development. This machine is a good export prospect to other countries.
Overall great going, now need to hit the turbo boost button !

parthvader89
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parthvader89
3 years 11 months ago
Anon@12:17 Patronising reply. Come back with actual arguments. Supercomputers do not design an airframe for you, they can simulate fluid flows (in this case aerodynamics), vibrations, structural forces and that's about it. @Gessler: While I can somewhat digest that the landing is small because of a lighter helicopter, you still can't justify SUCH a low ground clearance. The flight computer cannot detect shrubs and outgrowths coming out of the ground. Please look at the kind of missions and environments attack helicopters operate in, you will see that LCH is utterly unsuitable. In my view, this seems to be a helicopter… Read more »
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Anonymous
3 years 11 months ago

Gessler,

The whole point of having an attack helicopter is flying dangerously low evading detection and then suddenly swooping up and launching you missiles. If the LCH and it's pilot 'know not to fly low' then the purpose is lost. Might as well load a fighter plane with the necessary ATGMs don't you think?

And we can just forget about our troops reloading this guy after it has expended its puny load of 4 ATGMs since it can't land anywhere inhospitable.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
3 years 11 months ago

Shiv either you don't know anything about thing about defense or you don't give a damn to answer questions on your blog

Gessler
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3 years 11 months ago
To PARTHVADER89 Sir, the present design of LCH is exclusively for the Air Force. The Army has not yet expressed the interest to really buy 114 of these birds. the only confirmed order is for 64 units for IAF. For Army, a heavier version of LCH with better armor, and the capacity to carry a maximum of 16 ATGMs is needed. HAL has not envisaged any steps in this direction thus far. The IAF wants LCH to hunt down UAV/UCAVs and other slow-moving aircraft like enemy helos etc. Anti-armor and anti-infantry ops are secondary priority. For this requirement, we don't… Read more »
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parthvader89
3 years 11 months ago
To Gessler, Exactly! This is basically not a dedicated attack helicopter that can be a game changer in conflict. This is an IAF centric bird meant for a very narrow spectrum of roles. Any info on this LAH version that you are talking about? I also read on Ajai Shukla;s blog somewhere that the 22 AH64D Longbows might be going to the Army after all, which if true is a welcome development and could change the shape of the battlefield. I would be very interested in the development of an indigenous LAH as you claim. It would save a heck… Read more »
dev
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dev
3 years 10 months ago

nice photo sir……good camouflage technique by Indian air force.

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