India’s Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) is all set to begin a week of sea-level trials early tomorrow morning at Tambaram, on the outskirts of Chennai.
The second prototype of the LCH landed at Tambaram today along with a Mi‑8 chase helicopter from the Yelahanka air force station.
The trials which could stretch to ten days will include generic performance and handling at sea-level. Bangalore is at 3,000 feet above sea level and thus sea-level trials cannot take place here, said a senior defence scientist. Calibration of the LCH’s air speed measurement system and measurement of forces in terms of stress on various components of the platform will be tested throughly in the latest trials.
The third prototype of the LCH, is under way and is expected to be much different than LCH‑1 and LCH‑2. The third prototype is said to be significantly lighter than it’s predecessors since Inida’s LCH is way heavier when compared to the world’s top attack helicopters.
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