INDIAN HELICOPTERS ARE A NIGHTMARE FOR PAK & CHINA

During the war, the troops must be sent to frontline without any lapse of time. It’s also important to support them with air support as possible. The country which will have better Aircraft i.e. Fighters plane and Helicopters will lead the war. So it is very important to maintain an excellent arsenal of Helicopters which can be used in all multirole situations. India is far superior in air power than Pakistan and China as it has the world’s top 3 attack helicopters and top 2 carrier helicopters. So, Indian helicopters are a nightmare for Pakistan and China.

HAL LCH

INDIAN HELICOPTERS

This chopper is made by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, India. It was introduced in March 2010. This attack helicopter is operated by two pilots. Its length is 15.8 meters and 4.70 meters high. Its rotor diameter can cover across- width of 13.3 meters. It weighs 2,250 kg which could carry a payload of 700 kg. It can fly with a maximum speed of 270 km/hr. It has a range of 550 km and can hit hard on target with 4 hardpoint sections.

Till September 2020 total 4 units of LCH has been delivered to the Indian Air force. It is the world’s best attack helicopter for high-altitude missions. It can survive in high altitude even better than Apache and even it has a greater range than Apache and Mi 28. It only lacks in payload capacity. As of 2020 one unit of LCH costs around U.S. $ 20 million.

Country of originIndia
Crew2
Length/ Height/ Rotor diameter15.8 m/4.70 m/13.3 m
Weight2,250 kg
Payload700 kg
Range550 km
Speed269 km/h
Total units in Service4
OperatorsIndian Air force

BOEING AH-64 APACHE

BOEING AH-64 APACHE

This chopper is made by Boeing Defense, Space & Security from 1997, U.S.A. It was introduced by Hughes Helicopters in 1986. Later it was manufactured by McDonnell Douglas till 1997. This attack helicopter is operated by two pilots. Its length is 17.73 meters and 3.87 meters high. Its rotor diameter can cover a cross-width of 14.6 meters. It weighs 5,165 kg which could carry a payload of 3,161 kg.

It can fly with a maximum speed of 293 km/hr. It has a range of 476 km and can hit hard on target with 4 hardpoint sections. Till September 2020 total 22 units of Apache were used by Indian Air force. It is the world’s best attack helicopter in all-terrain missions. As of 2020 one unit of Apache costs around the U.S. $ 35-40 million.

Country of originU.S.A
Crew2
Length/ Height/Rotor diameter7.73 m/3.87 m / 14.6 m
Weight5,165 kg
Payload3,161 kg
Range476 km
Speed293 km/h
Total units in Service22
OperatorsIndian Air force, Ordered for Indian Army

MIL MI-24 (MI-25/MI-35)

MIL MI-24

This chopper is made by Mil- Moscow Helicopter Plant, Russia. It was introduced in 1972. This attack helicopter is operated by two pilots and one engineer. Its length is 17.5 meters and 6.5 meters high. Its rotor diameter can cover across- width of 17.3 meters. It weighs 8,500 kg which could carry a payload of 3,500 kg. It can fly with a maximum speed of 335 km/hr.

It has a range of 450 km and can hit hard on target with 6 hardpoint sections. It could carry more payload than any other attack helicopter in the world. Till September 2020 total 15 units of MI 24 are in service with Indian Air force. As of 2020 one unit of Mi-24 costs around the U.S. $ 30-35 million.

Country of originRussia
Crew2-3
Length/Height/Rotor diameter17.5m/6.5m/17.3m
Weight8,500 kg
Payload3,500 kg
Range450 km
Speed335 km/h
Total units in service15
OperatorsIndian Air force

HAL RUDRA

HAL RUDRA

This chopper is made by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, India. It was introduced in 2012. This is an armed variant of HAL Dhruv. This helicopter is operated by two pilots. Its length is 15.87 meters and 4.98 meters high. Its rotor diameter can cover a cross-width of 13.2 meters. It weighs 4,445 kg which could carry 12-14 soldiers with full combat gears.

It can fly with a maximum speed of 245 km/hr. It has a range of 590 km and it could carry advance 8 HELINA or 12 rockets with 20 mm cannon. Till September 2020 total 12 units of HAL Rudra are in service with Indian Air force, 58 in service with Indian Army and 20 more are expected to deliver to Indian Navy. As of 2020 one unit of HAL Rudra costs around the U.S. $ 6-8 million.

Country of originIndia
Crew2
Length/ Height/Rotor diameter15.87m/4.98m/13.2 m
Weight4,445 kg
Payload1,400 kg
Range590 km
Speed245 km/hr
Units Made70
OperatorsIndian Air force, Indian Army, Indian Navy

HAL DHRUV

HAL DHRUV

This chopper is made by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, India. It was introduced in March 2002. It is a multirole utility helicopter. This helicopter is operated by two pilots. Its length is 15.87 meters and 4.98 meters high. Its rotor diameter can cover a cross-width of 13.15 meter. It weighs 4,445 kg which could carry 12-14 passengers with full combat gears. It can fly with a maximum speed of 245 km/hr.

It has a range of 590 km and it is equipped with radar and laser warning system. It is also available with self-protection suite. Till September 2020 total 300 units of HAL Dhruv are manufactured of which 91 in service with Indian Air force and 159 with Indian Army. Some of the helicopters are also in service with Indian Navy, B.S.F and various departments of Indian Government. This chopper is also delivered to countries like Turkey, Peru, Mauritius, Nepal, Ecuador, Maldives and Israel. As of 2020 one unit of HAL Rudra costs around the U.S. $ 5-6 million.

Country of originIndia
Crew2
Length/ Height/Rotor diameter15.87 m/4.98 m/13.15 m
Weight4,445 kg
Payload1,000 kg
Range630 km
Speed250 km/hr
Units Made300
OperatorsIndian Air force, Indian Army, Indian Navy, B.S.F, Indian Government and other countries

MIL MI-17

MIL MI-17

This chopper is made by Mil- Moscow Helicopter Plant and Kazan Helicopter Plant, Russia. It was introduced in 1981. This is a transport helicopter with attack capability. This helicopter is operated by two pilots and one engineer. Its length is 18.46 meters and 5.65 meters high. Its rotor diameter can cover across- width of 21.25 meters.

It weighs 7,500 kg which could carry a payload of 3,500 kg. It can fly with a maximum speed of 280 km/hr. It has a range of 800 km and can hit hard on target with 6 hardpoint sections. Till September 2020 total 223 units of MI-17 are in service with Indian Air force. As of 2020 one unit of Mi-17 costs around the U.S. $ 14-15 million.

Country of originRussia
Crew3
Length/ Height/Rotor diameter18.46 m/5.65 m/21.25 m
Weight7,489 kg
Payload3,611 kg
Range800 km
Speed280 km/hr
Total units in service223
OperatorsIndian Air force

MIL MI-26

MIL MI-26

This chopper is made by Mil- Moscow Helicopter Plant and Rostvertol, Russia. It was introduced in 1983. This is a heavy lift cargo helicopter. This helicopter is operated by two pilots and one each navigator, technician, and engineer. Its length is 40.02 meters and 8.14 meters high.

Its rotor diameter can cover across- width of 32 meters. It weighs 28,200 kg which could carry a payload of 21,400 kg. It can fly with a maximum speed of 295 km/hr. It has a range of 500 km and can carry nearly 80-90 troops in a single flight. Till September 2020 total 4 units of MI-26 are in service with Indian Air force. As of 2020 one unit of Mi-26 costs around the U.S. $ 20-25 million.

Country of originRussia
Crew5
Length/ Height/Rotor diameter40.02 m/8.14 m/32 m
Weight28,200 kg
Payload21,400 kg
Range500 km
Speed295 km/hr
Total units in service4
OperatorsIndian Air force

HAL CHETAK

HAL CHETAK

This chopper is made by Sud Aviation Aerospatiale, France. It was introduced in 1960 with name Alouette III. In India, HAL was licensed for its production in 1962. This is a light utility helicopter. This helicopter is operated by two pilots. Its length is 10.03 meters and 3 meters high. Its rotor diameter can cover across- width of 11.02 meters.

It weighs 1,143 kg which could carry a payload of 1,000 kg. It can fly with a maximum speed of 210 km/hr. It has a range of 540 km and can carry 5 average weight passengers. Till September 2020 total 89 units of HAL Chetak are manufactured of which 77 are in service with Indian Air force, 8 with Indian Navy and 4 with Indian Army. As of 2020 one unit of Chetak costs around the U.S. $ 2.9 million.

Country of originFrance
Crew2
Length/ Height/Rotor diameter10.03 m/3 m/11.02 m
Weight1,143 kg
Payload1,057 kg
Range540 km
Speed210 km
Total units in service89
OperatorsIndian Air force, Indian Army, Indian Navy

HAL CHEETAH

HAL CHEETAH

This chopper is made by Aerospatiale Helibras, France. It was introduced in July 1971 with name SA 315B Lama. In India, HAL was licensed for its production in 1970. This is a light utility helicopter. This helicopter is operated by two pilots. Its length is 10.2 meters and 3.09 meter high. Its rotor diameter can cover across- width of 11.02 meters.

It weighs 1,021 kg which could carry a payload of 1,150 kg. It can fly with a maximum speed of 192 km/hr. It has a range of 515 km and can carry 4 average weight passengers. Till September 2020 total 275 units of HAL Cheetah are manufactured of which 17 are still in service with Indian Air force and 32 in service of Indian Army. As of 2020 one unit of Cheetah costs around the U.S. $ 2.8 million.

Country of originFrance
Crew1
Length/ Height/Rotor diameter10.2 m/3.09 m/11.02 m
Weight1021 kg
Payload1,280 kg
Range515 km
Speed192 km/hr
Total units in service49
OperatorsIndian Air force, Indian Army

BOEING CH-47 CHINOOK

BOEING CH-47 CHINOOK

This chopper is made by Boeing Defense, Space & Security, U.S.A. It was introduced in 1962. This is a heavy lift transport helicopter. This helicopter is operated by two pilots and one engineer. Its length is 30 meters and 5.77 meters high. Its rotor diameter can cover across- width of 18 meters. It weighs 24,500 kg which could carry a payload of 25,500 kg.

It can fly with a maximum speed of 310 km/hr. It has a range of 740 km and can carry 45-55 troops in a single flight. It is also equipped with 7.62 mm machine guns. Till September 2020 total 15 units of Chinook were delivered to Indian Air force. As of 2020 one unit of Chinook costs around the U.S. $ 38-39 million.

Country of originU.S.A
Crew3
Length/ Height/Rotor diameter30 m/5.77 m/18 m
Weight24,578 kg
Payload25,422 kg
Range740 km
Speed310 km/hr
Total units in service15
OperatorsIndian Air force

Kamov Ka-27

Kamov Ka-27

This chopper is made by Kamov, Russia. It was introduced in 1982. This is an anti-submarine warfare helicopter. This helicopter is operated by two pilots and one engineer with 2-3 other specialists. Its length is 11.3 meters and 5.5 meters high. Its rotor diameter can cover across- width of 15.8 meters. It weighs 6,500 kg which could carry a payload of 4,500 kg.

It can fly with a maximum speed of 270 km/hr. It has a range of 980 km and can hit hard on target with 4 hardpoint sections. It is also equipped with torpedoes and machine guns. Till September 2020 total 13 units of Kamov Ka-27 are in service with Indian Navy. As of 2020 one unit of Ka-27 costs around the U.S. $ 14.5 million.

Country of originRussia
Crew5
Length/ Height/Rotor diameter11.3 m/5.5 m/15.8 m
Weight6,500 kg
Payload4,500 kg
Range980 km
Speed270 km/hr
Total units in service13
OperatorsIndian Navy

Kamov Ka-31

Kamov Ka-31

This chopper is made by Kamov, Russia. It was introduced in 1995. This is an airborne early warning and control helicopter. This helicopter is operated by two pilots. Its length is 12.5 meters and 5.6 meters high. Its rotor diameter can cover across- width of 15.9 meters. It weighs 12,500 kg. It can fly with a maximum speed of 250 km/hr.

It has a range of 600 km. It is equipped with early warning radars. Till September 2020 total 10 units of Kamov Ka-31 are in service with Indian Navy. As of 2020 one unit of Ka-31 costs around the U.S. $ 24 million.

Country of originRussia
Crew2
Length/ Height/Rotor diameter12.5 m/5.6 m/15.9 m
Weight12,500 kg
PayloadNo payload
Range600 km
Speed250 km/hr
Total units in service10
OperatorsIndian Navy

SH-3 Sea King

SH-3 Sea King

This chopper is made by Sikorsky, U.S.A. It was introduced in 1961. This is an anti-submarine warfare helicopter. It also performs search and rescue operations. This helicopter is operated by two pilots and two mission operators. Its length is 16.69 meters and 5.13 meter high.

Its rotor diameter can cover across- width of 19 meters. It weighs 5,382 kg which could carry a payload of 3,120 kg. It can fly with a maximum speed of 267 km/hr. It has a range of 1000 km. It is also equipped with torpedoes, pyrotechnic and sonobuoys. Till September 2020 a total of 24 units of SH-3 Sea King are in service with the Indian Navy. As of 2020 one unit of Sea King costs around the U.S. $ 6.4 million.

Country of originU.S.A
Crew4
Length/ Height/Rotor diameter16.69 m/5.13 m/19 m
Weight5,382 kg
Payload3,120 kg
Range1000 km
Speed267 km/hr
Total units in service24
OperatorsIndian Navy

Westland Sea King

Westland Sea King

This chopper is made by Westland Helicopters, U.K. It is a British version of U.S Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King which was introduced in May 1969. This is a medium-lift transport and utility helicopter. This helicopter is operated by two pilots and 2 operators. Its length is 17.02 meters and 5.13 meter high. Its rotor diameter can cover across- width of 18.9 meters.

It weighs 6,373 kg which could carry a payload of 3,200 kg. It can fly with a maximum speed of 207 km/hr. It has a range of 1,230 km and it can be equipped with stingray torpedoes and machine guns. Till September 2020 total 18-24 units of Westland Sea King are in service with Indian Navy. As of 2020 one unit of Sea King costs around the U.S. $ 6.5 million.

Country of originU.K
Crew4
Length/ Height/Rotor diameter17.02 m/5.13 m/18.9 m
Weight6,373 kg
Payload3,200 kg
Range1,230 km
Speed207 km/hr
Total units in service18-24
OperatorsIndian Navy

As India has Apache, HAL LCH, and Mi-24 which are the world’s best attack helicopters, they will prove a good asset in the course of the war. Further, they could also use their indigenous missiles with these choppers. Hence Indian helicopters could surely be a nightmare for both China as well as Pakistan.

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