After adding the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) “Prachand” to its fleet on October 3, which went well, the Indian Air Force (IAF) wants to let women officers fly these helicopters.
IAF officials told India Today that women will be added to the crews of Light Combat Helicopters.
They said that the female officers who are already flying the Advanced Heavy Lifter (ALH) helicopters are being picked out to join the fleet.
In the presence of Defence minister Rajnath Singh, CDS General Anil Chauhan, and IAF chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari, a Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) called Prachand was put into service with the Indian Air Force at Jodhpur airbase.
The defence minister named the helicopter “Prachand,” which means “fierce.” He said that the platform, which can fly both day and night, will give the IAF a big advantage in battle because it can hit enemy targets with great accuracy. Singh, who also flew the LCH, said it could work in any weather and was one of the best in its class in the world.
The LCH is a dedicated combat helicopter made by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. It was designed and built in India (HAL).
HAL says that the light combat helicopter is the only attack helicopter in the world that can land and take off at an altitude of 5,000 metres (16,400 ft) while carrying a large amount of weapons and fuel, which meets the needs of the Indian Armed Forces.
India and China are in a military standoff at some points of conflict in eastern Ladakh, where the helicopter will be used.
The helicopter has the necessary speed, manoeuvrability, range, high-altitude performance, and the ability to fight around the clock and in any weather.
It would be a strong platform that the Indian Air Force and the Indian Army could use to do their jobs.
The helicopter can also be used to break down bunkers at high altitudes, fight against insurgencies in jungles and cities, and help ground forces.
The helicopter can also be used to attack aircraft that move slowly or enemy Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAs).