Light combat helicopter

Light combat helicopter


  • The Prime Minister handed over two miniature drones (‘SWITCH 10 UAV’ and ‘MR-20’) of Light Combat Helicopters (HAL’s LCH), indigenously built by Indian startups, to the Air Force.
  • The LCH is mainly built under the ‘Make in India’ scheme with the participation of private industry.


  • LCH is a new instrument for the Helicopter Division of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). This twin engine helicopter is a dedicated combat helicopter of 5 to 8 ton class.
  • The LCH incorporates advanced technologies and stealth facilities for effective combat roles and is designed to meet roles such as enemy air defence, counterintelligence, exploration and rescue, anti-tank, counter surface force operations, etc.
  • The LCH is the only attack helicopter in the world that can land and take off at an altitude of 5,000 meters with a substantial load of weapons and fuel.
  • It is also effective in temperatures ranging from minus 50 °C on snowy peaks to 50 °C in deserts.
  • The LCH will eventually be deployed in service along the Line of Actual Control with China, in addition to the AH-64E Apache helicopters.

‘Switch 1.0 UAV’ and ‘MR-20:

 Switch 1.0 UAV:

  • SWITCH 1.0 UAV, with its unparalleled capabilities of 1.5 hours flight duration and 15 kms, can fly at altitudes of more than 4500 meters.
  • It has an endurance of about 90 minutes and will support surveillance operations of the Indian Army under harsh environments and extreme altitudes for day and night surveillance along India’s borders.


  • The MR-20 hexacopter drone is capable of carrying a load of up to 20 kg.
  • It will be used to transport food, essential commodities, emergency medical aid, ammunition and weapons to troops stationed at high altitude in forward areas.

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