In an effort to boost its military capabilities in the eastern front, the Indian Army is all set to deploy the indigenously-built Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) Prachand at Missamari base located in Assam’s Sonitpur District.
According to reports, altogether 4 Prachand helicopters will be deployed by the Indian Army which will be received from the Hindustan Aeronautical Limited (HAL) by the end of October 2022.
These choppers will work in the forward regions along the international border of India with China in Arunachal Pradesh.
The Prachand Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) is very competent in traditional combat helicopter roles – SEAD (Suppression of Enemy Air Defense), escort to special heliborne operations, support of combat search and rescue operations, and anti-tank and anti-infantry operations.
It is a 5.8-ton, Low Observable (LO) design with reduced visual, aural, radar, and infrared (IR) signatures. It features canted panels for lower radar cross section and an IR suppressor for low IR signature.
Its worthy to note that Missamari is home to one of the Army Aviation Brigades in India, which was raised in March 2021. While, the other two aviation brigades of the Indian Army are located in Jodhpur and Leh.
The Missamari army aviation brigade in Assam has been assigned with the task of increasing surveillance along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the eastern sector.