Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria undertook a maiden sortie on an indigenous Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) here on Friday.
Thanking all stakeholders of the LCH project, designed by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the Air Chief said “It was a very good sortie. I was able to look at the important flying characteristics and status of sensors already installed. The LCH is a potent platform due to excellent D&D efforts and well supported flight test team. The IAF is keenly looking forward to the induction of this aircraft and I am sure HAL will give required focus on productionisation at a fast pace”.
The aircraft took to the skies at 11.45 hours and remained airborne for an hour. The CAS was accompanied by HAL’s Deputy Chief Test Pilot, Wg Cdr (Retd) S P John, according to a HAL statement.
HAL CMD R Madhavan thanked the Air Chief and said that HAL is geared up for productionisation of LCH to meet all the requirements of the Air Force. (Agency)