The prime minister-led Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) recently cleared the procurement of 15 indigenously developed Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) at a cost of Rs 3,887 crore (roughly $500 million), marking a big step forward in the country’s Make-in-India initiative.
The Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) were purchased at a time when the three services are focusing heavily on improving their overall offensive capabilities in light of India’s myriad security issues, notably its border issues with China and continued hostility with Pakistan.
The Indian Air Force will receive ten helicopters, while the Indian Army will receive five, the defense ministry announced.
“The CCS has approved procurement of 15 Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) Limited Series Production at the cost of ₹ 3,887 crore along with infrastructure sanctions worth ₹ 377 crore,” it said.
The Light Combat Helicopter Limited Series Production (LSP) is an indigenously developed combat helicopter with around 45 percent indigenous content by value, with more than 55 percent indigenous content expected to be added over time. The helicopter is manufactured by the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL).