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Indian defense analyst VatsRohit (VatsRohit@KesariDhwaj on X) makes a strong case for the LCH Prachand as a future export leader in the attack helicopter market. Here’s a breakdown of why the Prachand stands out:

Traditional players like the US Apache and AH-1Z Viper are undeniably powerful, but their hefty price tags (over $20 million) and limitations on export due to US foreign policy make them less accessible. The Eurocopter Tiger, envisioned as a rival to the Apache, turned into a commercial failure with its exorbitant cost exceeding $40 million per unit. Many European nations are now looking elsewhere.

The Mi-28N and Ka-52 are potent anti-tank helicopters, but their limited export success and smaller production numbers restrict their reach.

The Z-10 offers a competitive price point, but the LCH Prachand might have a technological edge. Additionally, the Prachand falls in the same weight class as the Z-19, a category where the Prachand can offer a broader range of functionalities (light attack and scouting).

LCH Prachand at around $16 million (with potential to decrease with higher production), the Prachand undercuts most competitors. Its lightweight design makes it perfect for high-altitude operations in harsh environments. The Prachand boasts modern technology that rivals Western offerings.

The Prachand utilizes French engines, reducing dependence on US permissions for export. India’s planned production of 179 helicopters leverages existing experience from manufacturing the Dhruv and Rudra helicopters (over 250 units combined).

VatsRohit argues that the LCH Prachand fills the gap left by the failed Eurocopter Tiger program. By offering a capable and cost-effective platform, the Prachand could become the go-to choice for nations seeking a modern attack helicopter that doesn’t break the bank.