Derived from the Dhruv helicopter; the Light Combat Helicopter uses the same rotor system, Integrated Dynamic System (IDS), transmission system, basic electrical line replaceable units (such as DC and AC power generating systems, indicators, battery junction box, control grips and fire detection systems) and avionic line replaceable units (i.e. communication system, cockpit voice and flight data recorders).

The most obvious changes from the Dhruv helicopter are the tandem seating, flat cockpit transparencies (to reduced glint/reflection), flat faceted fuselage panels of radar absorbing materials, pressurized cockpit cabin, armor panels, and IR engine suppressors.  The cockpit is compatible with night vision goggles.

The LCH equipment includes rockets, air-to-air and air-to-ground anti-radar missiles, iron and cluster bombs, and the nose-mounted turret gun.  The armament load is 1,000 kg.  The LCH is also capable of flying angles of 70-80 degrees nose down.


Data on design, manufacture and status

Parent type: No type defined

Aircraft status: In development


Primary flight and mechanical characteristics

VTOL type: Helicopter

Lift devices: 1 Single main rotor

Dedicated control device: 1 Tail rotor

Crew required: 2 in Tandem arrangement

Landing gear: Wheels (non-retractable)

Key Characteristics

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Aircraft Details

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References and sources used

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
14 June 2017

Vertiflite, Spring 2011, India Special
AHS International
Hirschberg, Mike. "Frome Chetak to Dhruv: The History of HAL Helicopters". Vertiflite, Vol. 57, No. 1. 2011. Print., 2011 (page 57)

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