The Indian Air Force (IAF) on October 8 which is observed as Air Force Day, will raise the first unit of indigenous Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) manufactured by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) will be replacing older Russian Mi-25 and Mi-35 attack helicopters some of which have been retired or donated to Afghanistan.

IAF will be getting 10 LCH from the Limited Series Production (LSP) lot that was manufactured by the HAL. IAF plans to procure 65 LCH for which it plans to have talks with HAL after evaluating the LSP lot.

The Army Aviation Corp (AAC) already raised its first LCH squadron on June 1, 2022. AAC will be getting 4 more LSP of LCH this year and has plans to procure 95 more for both Eastern and Western Command

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