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HAL Light Combat Helicopter (LCH)

Role

Attack helicopter

Country

India

Crew

Two (pilot and co-pilot)

Maiden Flight

29 March 2010

Entry Into Service

2012 or 2013

Number Built

Two

Length

16m

Length

16m

Wingspan

3.5m

Height

5.3m

Main Rotor Diameter

13.3m

Tail Rotor Diameter

2.05m

Disc Area

138.9m²

Empty Weight

2,550kg

Maximum Take-Off Weight

5,700kg

Loaded Weight

4,000kg

Useful Load

2,950kg

Type

HAL/Turbomeca Shakti turboshaft engine

Number of engines

Two

Power Capacity

871kW (1,200hp) per engine

Never-Exceed Speed

330km/h

Maximum Speed

275km/h

Cruise Speed

260km/h

Range

700km

Maximum Altitude

9,000ft (2,743m)

Service Ceiling

6,500m

Rate of Climb

12m/s

Guns

M621 20mm cannon on Nexter THL-20 turret

Rockets

Unguided rockets

Missiles

MBDA air-to-air missiles, air-to-surface missiles, anti-radiation missiles, and Helina anti-tank guided missiles

Bombs

Iron bombs, cluster bombs, and a grenade launcher

Manufacturer

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, India

Operators

Indian Army and Indian Air Force

Contractors/Suppliers

Engine: Turbomeca (SAFRAN Group) Helina anti-tank guided missiles: Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), India Electronic arfare suite: SAAB, South Africa
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