helicopThe combat and utility Indian army aircraft
How are you doing friends? Being a defence aspirant, you know well the structure, weapons, ranks and so on of Indian army. You also know the aircraft possessed by the Indian Air force like Apache, the MiGs and the Sukhoi. But does the Indian army also uses the same aircraft? Which of them are for the land operations in Indian army? Let's talk about this today. Well according to the need of the warfare and transportation, Indian army uses the following aircraft. Indian army aircraft:
The HAL Rudra is an armed variant of HAL Dhruv (which is a utility helicopter developed by Hindustan aeronautics limited). This attack helicopter has thermal Imaging Sights Interface, a 20 mm turret gun, 70 mm rocket pods, anti-tank guided missiles and air-to-air missiles.
Boeing AH-64 Apache
This is also an attack helicopter with a 30 mm M230 chain gun carried between the main landing gear. Boeing of United States manufactures it and the armies of Egypt and Netherlands are also its users.
The Kamov Ka-226 is a small, twin-engined Russian utility helicopter. This Russian program was originally for disaster relief operations in Russia. And besides that, it can acquire a speed of 250 kmph and missile range of 600 km.
The HAL Dhruv is also a multirole utility helicopter and Indian Hindustan Aeronautics Limited manufactures it. It also has another variant for civilian or commercial use. It can fly with a speed of 250 kmph and can fire missiles upto 630 km.
This is under a licensing arrangement between French Aérospatiale and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. This helicopter is also a light utility category helicopter.
This is also a French single-engine helicopter for meeting hot and high operational requirements. It is capable of operating in remote and difficult areas like the mountainous Siachen region. And above all, this helicopter has also served the purpose of aerial agriculture.
HAL Light Combat Helicopter
It is an Indian multirole combat helicopter, the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has manufactured it. The impetus for the development of the LCH came in the form of the Kargil War and this program was started in the year 2006. It has also gained the distinction of being the first attack helicopter to land in Siachen.
HAL Light Utility Helicopter
It is also a single-engine light helicopter of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. One of its derivative ( the light observation helicopter) is set to replace the HAL Cheetah and HAL Chetak helicopters.