Photo courtesy of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) watched its Light Combat Helicopter, or LCH, fly for the first time with a new system. Technology Demonstrator-2, as HAL designates it, flew last week with an automatic flight control system that was domestically produced.
According to HAL, the flight lasted 20 minutes and the system was engaged throughout the duration.
The flight control system is meant to replace an imported system, which falls under the country’s Make in India efforts. It has four-axis auto-pilot that can also perform the control and stability augmentation function.
HAL research and development centers in Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Korwa developed all aspects of the system.
The LCH’s cockpit display system is already produced domestically with the involvement of private firms. That system is currently undergoing flight testing.
The Dhruv-based aircraft was given initial operational clearance in August 2017.