HAL conducts trial of LCH at Leh

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd has conducted a cold weather trials of Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) at Leh to test its engines in the temperature of minus 18 degree C at 4.1 km. The flights were also carried out to assess high altitude performance and low speed handling. LCH prototype TD2 was ferried from Bengaluru to Leh and the flight trials were carried out involving customer pilots from Air Force and Army and with the participation of representatives from Regional Centre for Military Airworthiness and Director General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance. LCH Technology Demonstrator TD-3 made its maiden flight in November last year and the TD-4 is likely to fly soon. LCH is of 5.5 ton class, powered by two Shakti engines and inherits many technical features of the Advanced Light Helicopter. The features that are unique to LCH are sleek and narrow fuselage, tri-cycle crashworthy landing gear, crashworthy and self-sealing fuel tanks, armour protection, nuclear, and low visibility features which make the LCH lethal, agile and survivable.

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