HAL completes hot & high altitude trials of LCH at Leh; first attack helicopter to land at Forward Base

4:30:00 PM
NEW DELHI, --  In yet another boost for the indigenisation drive, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has successfully carried out hot and high-altitude trials of indigenously designed, developed attack chopper Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) at Leh.

The trials were carried out on the third prototype of LCH (TD3) at Leh at temperatures ranging from 13 to 27 degree centigrade with the participation of user pilots from Air Force, Army and representatives from CEMILAC and DGAQA, said HAL.

"These seasonal trials - including cold weather trials carried out at Leh during February this year - have been completed as part of the certification process. The flight trials at Leh have established hover performance and low speed handling characteristics of the helicopter under extreme weather conditions at different altitudes (3200 to 4800 m), said T. Suvarna Raju, CMD of HAL.

He also added, "During the trials, the helicopter and systems performed satisfactorily. LCH also has proven its capability to land and take off at Forward Landing Base in Siachen. LCH is the first attack helicopter to land in Forward Bases at Siachen."

HAL further said that the various tests during the trials included assessment and validation of flight envelope in 'Hot-and-High' conditions, culminating in landing at forward bases at geographic elevations of 13,600 feet to 15,800 feet ..

The HAL Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) undergoing the hot and high altitude trials at Leh recently.


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