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25 Comments on "EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: India’s Light Combat Helicopter TD3 Flies"
Will it be as good as the Apache attack helicopter
You are not climbing a hill from above. It is impossible for any country.Military hardware takes time. Don't mind the Chinese their indigenous hardware is yet to be tested on a war, then we will know its real quality.
without private player the production and quality will not be the best….
They could have painted the lower part black and called it a taxi. Come now, what was wrong with the earlier digital camouflage. Sigh!!, understanding HAL is beyond me. Otherwise this piece seems to be quite a beast. Could never tell from previous TD1 and TD2 pics that this chopper was so large. All the best and hope the IA gets their hands on a few too.
about the colour , relax . this is a usual primer paint . Aero india 2015 is not far . You can see its true colours.
@del – This gives a good direction to the "make in India" tag. Good job HAL. There is a long way to go, stay focused.
beautiful looking beast it will be a great success
the yellow colour is for high visibility….its a technology demonstrator…no one will come to bomb it…so why camo it
Any information on weight reduction in TD3 although it has no paint now.
Like the new look of the blog Shiv.
Nice, hi-res pictures.
Thanks for sharing.
Anon@3:50The yellow paint is not really paint, its a primer ( wether resitant, anti corrosion, etc) The actual paint goes on much later, when 90% testing is completed, I believe
To Anon @3:10PM – Ofcourse not, if it is, we wouldn't be buying both LCH & Apache. Because they are two different classes of attack helicopters – LCH is light while Apache is medium/heavy. LCH will be the mainstay as per current plans with a total of ~180 choppers for IAF & IAAC while Apache will be the icing on the cake with 22-61 units providing aerial support for the Strike Corps' Armored formations.
To Anon @3:50PM – You do realize that the yellow color is only a primer, don't you? The chopper will be painted in camouflage (or any uniform color the services desire) when it actually enters service. The digital camo was only a concept for that particular air show. It's not very likely the services would go for that – most probably it will be a light grey like the present Mi-35 Hinds.
Fantastic pictures! That is one massive helo.
@Anonymous 3:50 PM
Its a Technology Demonstrator (TD), so it doesn't matter which skin color it has. Think before criticizing someone or something.
It looks very different from other helicopters around the world. Is it because of the colour. Indigenous is the need of the hour.
NSR says —Great pictures and wish them well…They need to hurry up and get to IOC…3 years between each article is a bit toooo loooong…Hurry up before you lose it out to foreign helos…
people without basic knowledge comment more -all flying machines during test are painted yellow
It's primer and anti oxidation coating you morons. How many of you actually passed fifth standard? How many of you live in a city with any education whatsoever?
The shape of the heli. Under the belly looks different and lengthy for a combat heli. Don't you see it? So i thought it may be because of the colour.
It issue to airforce 2050 and army 2080
Cool down folks. It's only a TD. HAL boys will keep it that way and drain the resources. We all know what happened to many projects they lay their hand on.
Shiv, is that last picture of the team that designed the chopper or are they the assembly/maintenance folks? They look so young. Also, the team is so small. It's amazing if DRDO can do so much with such a small group of people!
it's a proud moment for every indian it's only a beiging soon we will reach a top level.. I congress to DRDO team. guy's u make us proud…….