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First indigenous light combat helicopter handed over to IAF

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has officially received the first indigenous Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) developed Light Combat Helicopter (LCH). Earlier, in 2020, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) had approved the proposal for an initial batch of 15 Limited Series Production (LSP) of LCHs, though a contract for the same is yet to be signed with HAL. However, HAL has still launched the production activities of 15 LCH LSPs with internal funding with three helicopters already being ready for delivery to users and the balance helicopters are in advanced stages of production. There is a total requirement for 65 LCH by the IAF and 114 from the Army.

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