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India’s Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) Prachand, a domestically developed attack helicopter, is set to be equipped with the Integrated Defence Aids Suite (IDAS) system, developed by the Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

The IDAS system plays a crucial role in enhancing the survivability of the platform in challenging threat environments. Saab’s IDAS system has already been integrated into 200 Indian Army and Air Force versions of the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv.

Originally, the plan was to have an indigenous IDAS system on board the LCH, designed by the DRDO. However, the process for integration is still ongoing, resulting in the first 15 Limited Series Production (LSP) LCH Prachand helicopters being delivered to the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Army without the much-needed IDAS system. Sources familiar with the matter have indicated that the production variant of the LCH, consisting of 145 units, will be equipped with the Indian-made IDAS system, along with the Helina/Dhruvastra Air Launched Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGMs).

The Helina/Dhruvastra ATGMs, also developed by the DRDO, have successfully cleared developmental trials and are currently undergoing limited-scale production. These missiles are intended to be integrated with the LCH Prachand, as well as the ALH-Rudra Weapon System Integrated (WSI).

The LCH Prachand, with its enhanced survivability features and advanced weaponry, is poised to strengthen the Indian Army and Air Force’s capabilities in tactical combat operations. The integration of the IDAS system and the Helina/Dhruvastra ATGMs will further enhance the helicopter’s operational effectiveness and provide a significant boost to India’s defence forces.

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