New Delhi: In what could be termed as one of the biggest purchase for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ in the defence sector. The Indian Air Force is going to place orders for 156 more Prachand Light Combat Helicopters, with HAL, which would be deployed at both the China and Pakistan front by the IAF and the Indian Army.
The two services have already inducted 15 of those choppers in their fleet in the last 15 months after holding trials in the most extreme weather conditions and terrain in the world.
Meeting the Indian Air Force requirement of being a completely Indian Designed, develop and manufactured weapon system, the Prachand has been extensively test-flown by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL).
The attack helicopter has been built as per the requirements of the Indian armed forces to operate both in dessert terrains and high-altitude sectors.
Prachand is the world’s only attack helicopter that can land and take off at an altitude of 5,000 meters (16,400 ft), which make it ideal to operate in the high-altitude sectors. It is also capable of firing a range of air-to-ground and air-to-air missiles and can destroy air defence operations of the enemy.