Rajnath Singh travels to Jodhpur to take part in the IAF’s Light Combat Helicopter’s induction ceremony.

Rajnath Singh travels to Jodhpur to take part in the IAF’s Light Combat Helicopter’s induction ceremony.

 

Rajnath Singh, the defence minister, has arrived in Jodhpur to take part in the ceremony welcoming the first group of Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) produced domestically to the Indian Air Force. In Singh’s presence, the indigenous helicopters will be accepted into the IAF.

During the induction event, a “sarv-dharam” prayer was offered in front of IAF head Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.  Defence Minister Rajnath Singh previously tweeted, “The introduction of these helicopter will be a massive benefit to the IAF’s combat prowess.” The new helicopter joining the force can engage in aerial combat but will aid it in fending off armoured columns, drones, and slow-moving aircraft during battles. 

He also attended the Cabinet Commission on Security meeting where it was decided to approve the procurement of 15 of the LCHs for the army and the air force. The IAF will receive 10 of the 15 limited series manufacturing helicopters, while the army will receive five. According to the officials, it can land as well as take off from a height of 5,000 metres while carrying fuel and weaponry. To satisfy the needs of the military forces, the helicopters have been flown frequently in Ladakh as well as the desert region. In the past three to four years, the IAF has added a number of helicopters to its fleet, including the Chinooks, Apache assault helicopters, and now LCHs.

In Chinook helicopters undertaking normal supply flights to the northern as well as eastern borders, the IAF is now now sending women pilots. On March 30, 2022, CCS gathered in New Delhi under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The CCS has approved the purchase of 15 Limited Series Production Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) for a total of Rs. 3,887 Cr. Along with connectivity sanctions totaling Rs. 377 Cr. Approximately 45 percent of the value of the Light Combat Helicopter Limited Series Production (LSP) is made in-country, and that percentage will gradually rise to more than 55 percent for the SP Version. It is a cutting-edge, modern combat helicopter

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