IAF eyeing on 6th Gen Technology for AMCA, upgraded drones and LCH, A report

According to defense sources, AMCA will be incorporated with 6th gen technologies, IAF will get 3 more Rafales before the end of the month, more IAI Harop Drones and 3 LCH will be received by IAF and the Indian Army before 31st March 2020.

By Harkirpal Singh, Updated : Jan 24, 2021 17:18 IST
IAF eyeing on 6th Gen Technology for AMCA, upgraded drones and LCH, A report
AMCA and LCH

Under the initiative of "Atmanirbhar Bharat", HAL will be developing indigenous 6th gen technologies for its upcoming 5th gen AMCA fighter aircraft: Defense sources. As we know that IAF currently lacks any 5th gen aircraft in its fleet and by the time AMCA will be inducted, aviation technologies will have made a new leap, that is why HAL is currently developing 6th gen tech for AMCA so it can be a 5.5 gen aircraft.

IAF and the Indian army will also be receiving their first 3 LCH Helicopters before 31st March 2021. The HAL Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) is a multi-role attack helicopter designed and manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). It is the world’s lightest attack helicopter and its flight ceiling is the highest among all attack helicopters. As per the reports, 15 Limited Series Production variants for Army and Air force are under construction at HAL. A ''Letter of Intent'' has been issued to HAL by Army and IAF for procurement of the remaining 12 helicopters.

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IAF will also get advanced IAI Harop loitering munition drones from Israel as well as more upgrades for its existing drones fleet. In addition to this, 3 more Rafales are also in the pipeline before the end of the month. Aero India is about to start from 3rd February 2021, as per media sources, the Army variant of Light Utility helicopter will get IOC at the event.

AMCA Project Director, A.K. Ghosh said that HAL plans to showcase the cockpit of AMCA at the Aero India event as well as the initial design of AMCA will also be revealed to the general public. All these developments are being fast-tracked keeping in mind the future warfare which will be dictated by technology-oriented unmanned platforms and stand-out weapons. 

There is a general realization among Indian military experts that future warfare will not only consist of general man-to-man engagements but the majority of it will be fought using unmanned combat drones, stand-alone cruise missiles, and 5th gen stealth aircraft. All the above-mentioned developments are being made to counter the two-front threat that India is currently facing.

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