Just a reminder that this is somewhat contradictory to what you would expect in that standing off at long range and hovering behind cover and doing pop-up attacks should technically bring safety with it rather than danger as compared to actually flying over the enemy itself, well within rifle fire range.
other than that it may also mean that apache can't carry the stand-off weapons at those height and has to rely on the cannon only and therefore has to come in close.
btw, what do you think of the attack chopper competition ? it's certainly not limited to heavy attack choppers, mangusta has a lower max TOW than LCH at 5100 kg and tiger is about the same at 6000 kg. I really don't see the reason of including them in the competition.
what roles can you envisage for these that the LCH can't ?
on another note, have you had a look at the chetak UAV proposal ? till we get satcom force wide, they can be used in the mountains as comm pickets ! good eh ?
sunilUpa wrote:LCH has little in common with the attack helicopters being considered, be it payload or sensor package.
could you explain ? AFAIK, LCH's sensor and weapons fit is not that much different from the choppers mentioned.
anand glad to be of help in your productive time-pass !