ajay_ijn wrote:what is the difference between capabilities offered by Apache/Hind and that of LCH??
heavy helis would carry double the payload and no. of missiles but what else?
Actually, Apache and Hinds are not on the same level.
Hind - Heavy, Apache - Medium, LCH -Light.
Each caters for a niche role/ doctrine.
Hind Mi-24/ 35:
Disadvantages - heavy, unable to fly high (restricted to ops in desert/plains/ jungles), least manoeuvrable, less range
Advantages - payload, survivability (most survivable - has more armour weight wise)
Role - an airborne extension of armour/ mechanized brigade. Best used along with armoured forces.
It also has troop carrying capacity. But in my opinion, that advantage is small. Can carry 8 extra men at the cost of armour plates removed in the rear, considering MANPADs will be targetting the 'hind' of the Hind
. For the same reason, the replacement Mi -28 will carry just 3 extra men (downed pilots who are rescued).
Disadvantages: manoeuvrability (comparatively more than Hind, less than LCH), survivability (armour) - less than Hind, mroe than LCH
Advantages: Payload, range, flies higher (more than Hind, less than LCH) - but passable performance at high altitudes
Role - stand alone battlefield interdiction, CAS and as airborne artillery (because of Longbow Hellfires). Primarily the last role. Its range is very useful to strike deep. Hence, also used to support and sustain air assault.
LCH (Specs very limited in open sources, hence comparison based on its stated role)
Disadvantages: range, payload, has least armour
Advantages: most manoeuvrable of the 3, to fly higher than any existing attack helicopters, more stealthy than the other 2
Role- primaily CAS - especially infantry support. Also designed with mountain/ high altitude warfare in mind. As an extension can perform in any environment.
In layman's words;
Hind class - Armour/ tank among attack choppers,
Apache class - Artillery among attack choppers,
LCH class - Infantry among attack choppers