India's LCH is a twin-engine, 5.8-ton class helicopter featuring narrow fuselage and tandem configuration for Pilot and Co-pilot/Weapon System Operator (WSO). It incorporates number of stealth features such as reduced radar and infra-red signatures and crashworthy landing gear for better survivability.
First flew March 29, 2010. Four Technology Demonstrator (TD) prototypes have been built.
First 15 Limited Series Production (LSP) LCH helicopters for the Army and Air Force approved by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) in 2017.
First three LSP to delivered by March 2021
Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) News
HAL Delivers LCH Helicopter to IAF, 24-Nov-21 : #LCH HAL delivered another Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) gunship helicopter to the Indian Air Force during the 75th year of India’s independence celebrations
IAF Air Chief Reviews HAL LCH, 30-Nov-20 : #LCH Indian Air Force (IAF) Air Chief flew the HAL Light Combat Helicopter (LCH). The IAF (and Army) plans to order 162 of these gunship helicopters. Last September first aircraft of the limited series production (LSP) batch initiated ground-based testing
India Deploys New LCH Against China, 12-Aug-20 : #Leh The Indian Air Force deployed two of the new Indigenous Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) to northern Leh in the Indian-Chinese border after the recent clash between the two countries
HAL LCH Completes Weapon Trials, 17-Jan-19 : #LCH India’ HAL Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) completed air to air missile firing trials with a moving aerial target. Initial batch production of 10 for IAF and 5 for Army approved