In a significant push for make in India in the defence sector, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be handing over the light combat helicopter to the Indian Air Force and various UAVs to Indian armed forces in Uttar Pradesh’s Jhansi during the ‘Jhansi Jalsa’ event.
“The Prime Minister will hand over Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, HAL designed and developed Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) to Indian Air Force,” defence secretary Ajay Kumar told a press conference while giving details of the event.
He said the LCH is the only attack helicopter in the world that can land and take-off at an altitude of 5,000 m with a considerable load of weapons and fuel. For the Navy, the Prime Minister would hand over the DRDO designed Advanced Electronic Warfare suite for naval ships including that for Indian Aircraft Carrier Vikrant.
“The Advanced EW suite will be used in different naval ships including destroyers, frigates etc. and marks a big step towards ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’,” the defence secretary said. The Prime Minister would also lay the foundation stone of a Rs 400 crore project to develop the propulsion system of the anti-tank guided missiles by the Bharat Dynamics Limited.
This would be the first project in the Jhansi node of defence industrial corridor created in Uttar Pradesh by the government.
The prime minister would also launch two projects related to the National War Memorial in the national capital including two kiosks to pay homage to the personnel and an app that can give a 360-degree virtual tour of the facility.
The Light Combat Helicopter is a twin-engine, dedicated combat helicopter of 5.8-ton class featuring narrow fuselage with tandem configuration for Pilot and Copilot / Weapon System Operator ( WSO ). It incorporates a number of stealth features such as reduced visual, aural, radar and infra-red signatures, and crash worthy landing gear for better survivability.