SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
Indian Army is looking to procure 90-95 units of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited developed Prachand, a light attack helicopter from an originally envisioned fleet of 114 units. Indian Army will be operating 5 units of Limited Serial Production (LSP) batch of Prachand to carry out final internal trials before it inks the final order for the fleet.
Indian Army is also waiting for the commencement of trials for the Helina Anti-Tank Guided Missile System trials from the Prachand which HAL plans to start from mid of this year and be concluded by end of this year.
Helina, a third generation, Lock on Before Launch (LOBL) fire and forget Anti-Tank Guided Missiles that can engage targets both in direct hit mode as well as top attack mode already has been cleared for production and has been tested on Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH)-Rudra platform in past. Integration and testing of the Helina remain major weapon system that needs to clear all trials as ATGMs are seen as the main weapon of any Attack Helicopters.
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