Why Has India Opted For Indigenous LCH Helicopters Over AH-64E Apache To Fight China?

India’s choice of attack helicopters in the mountainous Himalayas is indigenous Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) over its new US-made AH-64E Apache. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has deployed two LCH in Ladakh amidst the ongoing standoff between India and China.

Developed by state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), IAF has ordered 30 more LCH. “It is the lightest attack helicopter in the world, designed and developed by HAL to meet the specific and unique requirements of the Indian Armed Forces, reflecting the crucial role of HAL in Atmanirbhar Bharat,” said R Madhavan, Cheif of Media Communications, HAL.