SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
Lockheed Martin Corp which manufactures AGM-114R which is also known as Hellfire Missiles is considering offering the missile system to be integrated into an Indian-made Light Combat Helicopter (LCH). AGM-114R Hellfire missiles are the primary weapon system on the Boeing-made AH-64E Attack Helicopters that are already in service with the Indian Air Force (IAF).
While AGM-114R Hellfire missiles are designed specifically for use on the AH-64 Apache/Apache Longbow attack helicopter, it has been adopted on various other American made Helicopters like AH-1Z Viper, MH-60R, and Bell OH-58 Kiowa.
If the deal goes through then After Eurocopter Tiger, Indian-made LCH will be the second non-American Helicopters to get AGM-114R Hellfire missiles since LCH is yet to get any laser-guided missiles for use against anti-armor fixed and moving targets. DRDO developed Air launched anti-armor missile and is expected to commence trials by end of this year
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