Bengaluru: Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria on Friday undertook his maiden flight in state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) designed and developed Light Advanced Helicopter (LCH) here.
The aircraft took to the skies at 11.45 hours and remained airborne for an hour, an official said.
The chief was accompanied by HAL’s Deputy Chief Test Pilot, Wg Cdr (Retd) S P John.
While thanking all stake holders of LCH project, the Air Chief said, “It was a very good sortie. I was able to look at the important flying characteristics and status of sensors already installed.”
“The LCH is a potent platform due to excellent D&D efforts and well supported flight test team. The IAF is keenly looking forward to the induction of this aircraft and I am sure HAL will give required focus on productionisation at a fast pace,” ACM Bhadauria said.
HAL CMD R Madhavan thanked the Air Chief and said that HAL is geared up for productionisation of LCH to meet all the requirements of the Air Force.