As per the news , a new manufacturing hanger inaugurated this yearYes. All 15 were supposed to be delivered in 2018. HAL had to stop production mid way after starting production in 2017.
It's an expansion of the earlier facility.As per the news , a new manufacturing hanger inaugurated this year
India defense minister inaugurates HAL's LCH production hangar - Vertical Magazine
Totally incorrectBoth IAF and IA stalled the order citing full testing of the helicopters. The govt had cleared and HAL had already built the production facilities and even started production in 2017. The forces didn't want the IOC configuration which happened in 2017 and waited for HAL to complete flight testing to FOC standards.
So this is completely on the forces. It's unfortunate that the forces stalled the production of the 15 LRIPs. These could have gone on to improve the production standards of the aircraft and also some changes could have been incorporated based on pilot input. Now these will have to be carried out on the FOC models instead.
I suspect the IA and IAF deliberately stalled the LCH in order to remove any potential hurdles for the Apache. I find it interesting that LCH accomplished its enire gamut of FOC testing (Feb 28) a week after the govt cleared the army's Apache deal (Feb 20).
The thing is the LCH in its LRIP version was good enough to be produced in its IOC form. The forces instead got hung up on the weapons systems due to the delay with Rudra's weaponisation, which had a whole lot of politics playing spoilsport.Totally incorrect
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IA had asked for immediate 1 squadron worth of platforms.The thing is the LCH in its LRIP version was good enough to be produced in its IOC form. The forces instead got hung up on the weapons systems due to the delay with Rudra's weaponisation, which had a whole lot of politics playing spoilsport.
Cannon, rocket and ATAM were already decided, full French package, back in Feb 2019, for both Rudra and LCH. And at the same time, the army had already tested both the Helina (2019) and SANT (2018) successfully. So the order should have gone through for the IOC model in 2019.
It's a case of the IA over-purchasing the Rudra and under-purchasing the LCH. And considering the radical design changes in the LCH, the IA should have given importance to the development of the LCH airframe during this time. Even buying just 2 of 10 LRIPs would have gone a long way. Even if those 2 had design deficiencies, they could still have been used for training, with improvements made in the successive models.
For use in the mountains, the LCH also needs an anti-personnel weapon, like blast fragmentation and thermobaric.