SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
Indian Army and Indian Air force might have inducted indigenous developed Prachand aka Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) in its fleet but it still doesn’t come with its Main weapon, which is Air launched anti-tank guided missile (ATGM). Defence PSU HAL plans to start integration trials of the Dhruvastra helicopter-launched versions of a third-generation anti-tank guided missile by end of this year and clear it for operational usage on Prachand by mid-2023.
Prachand is currently armed with a 20 mm nose gun, 70 mm rockets and Mistral air-to-air missile developed by MBDA that will be later replaced by DRDO developed one in the future. recently idrw.org reported that Lockheed Martin Corp has shown its willingness to offer and integrate AGM-114R Hellfire missiles on Prachand.
Recently a Product brochure showcased at AAD 2022 – Africa Aerospace & Defense Expo displayed Prachand with a quad-rail launcher that was carrying 16 anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM).
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