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Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) Inducted By Air Force

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Aircraft carrier with no Fighters.

Combat Chopper with no missiles.

This is possible only in India.
When JF-17 was inducted for the first time, it didn’t have many capabilities that it has now. It wasn’t even certified for flying by night. Most of the weapons were integrated later.

It appears that IAF has taken a leaf out of PAF book.

LCH will start flying with pilots getting hands on it. Engineers getting hands on maintaining it. Infrastructure coming up at bases where it would be based.
Integration of variety of weapons would be carried out over time. Holding on to integration for just want of an ATGM wouldn’t have been a good idea.

India already has a home grown HELINA ATGM which is under final stages of integration.

Bravo to HAL, IAF and our babudom to make it a success. Fact that IAF has gone ahead and accepted LCH without full spectrum of capabilities shows that things have changed from initial LCA days.
 

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When JF-17 was inducted for the first time, it didn’t have many capabilities that it has now. It wasn’t even certified for flying by night. Most of the weapons were integrated later.

It appears that IAF has taken a leaf out of PAF book.

LCH will start flying with pilots getting hands on it. Engineers getting hands on maintaining it. Infrastructure coming up at bases where it would be based.
Integration of variety of weapons would be carried out over time. Holding on to integration for just want of an ATGM wouldn’t have been a good idea.

India already has a home grown HELINA ATGM which is under final stages of integration.

Bravo to HAL, IAF and our babudom to make it a success. Fact that IAF has gone ahead and accepted LCH without full spectrum of capabilities shows that things have changed from initial LCA days.

Kudos to India. They've learnt from their enemies. Too bad Pakistan can't do the same
 

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There are few areas where LCH lacks. Luckily, we have experience in integrating few of those systems on armed version of ALH called Rudra.
The systems on Rudra shouldn’t be difficult to integrate on LCH. The delay could be due to plan to refine them and do it better than that on Rudra.

Atleast these machines will start flying and give precious hands on experience to all those involved. This would also put pressure on HAL to speed up the process of integration of remaining systems.


By the time these systems are integrated, the operators would have gained good hands on experience. Thereafter, it would be incremental training and not a fresh start.
 
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