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Hindustan Aeronautics LCH
 
HAL-LCH
 
An attack helicopter derivative of Dhruv, displayed in model form at the Paris Air Show, June 2001 as LAH (light attack helicopter) proposal, but was restyled LCH, signifying light combat.
 
The original slimmed-down 'gunship' fuselage was discarded and the basic Dhruv airframc retained except for the forward fuselage modified to tandem crew seating. Officially launched on 5 February 2003, the LCH replaced the earlier LOH programme, which was met by a foreign design. The LCH was scheduled to fly in 2005, and intended to augment, and eventually replace Indian Air Force Mi-35 fleet.
 
The design features a four-blade hingeless main rotor with swept blade tips. Intended for anti-tank, close air support, air-to-air combat and scout roles, extensive use of composites is to reduce radar signature.
 
Landing gear is a non-retractable tricycle type and power is by two 895kW Turbomeca/HAL TM333-2C2 Ardiden 1H turboshafts (Indian name Shakii) with FADEC, derated to 798kW.
 
Systems include a four-axis autostabilisation system; anti-resonance isolation system (ARIS).
 
Armament is an undernose 20mm cannon and stub-wing hardpoints for ASMs, AAMs or rocket launchers.
 
HAL LCH
Engines: two 895kW Turbomeca/HAL TM333-2C2 Ardiden 1H turboshafts
Main rotor diameter: 13.20m
Length overall, rotors turning: 15.86m
Fuselage length: 13.94m
Height to top of rotor head: 5.27m
Stub-wing span: 4.43m
Max. take-off weight: 5,500kg
Empty weight: 3,243kg
Never-exceed speed: 330km/h
Max cruising speed: 280km/h
Service ceiling: 6,500m
Range with standard fuel: 700km
 
 
 
 
 


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