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HAL opens Light Combat Helicopter facility ahead of anticipated orders

28 February 2020
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India's Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has inaugurated facilities to support the production of its new Light Combat Helicopter (LCH).

The new hanger - based within HAL's complex in Bangalore - will "augment capacity to reach the peak production of 30 helicopters per year", said HAL chairman and managing director R Madhavan in an Indian defence ministry statement.

The 5.5-tonne LCH made its first flight in 2010 and was granted initial operational clearance (IOC) in August 2017. The Indian Army has outlined a requirement for 114 LCH units while the Indian Air Force (IAF) aims to receive 65.

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