On February 15, 2017, Lt General Kanwal Kumar, Director General Army Aviation Corps, flew the light combat helicopter (LCH) at Aero India 2017. The LCH is indigenously developed by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and will soon be inducted into the Indian Army.
This combat helicopter is light, manoeuvrable and armed with devastating firepower. It has the capability to manoeuvre through narrow valleys, mountains and high altitude areas, providing effective support to ground operations. The LCH, armed with its turret mounted gun, rockets, air-to-air missiles and air-to-ground missiles is a potent force multiplier and shall greatly enhance the Indian Army’s military capability.