vivek_ahuja wrote:sankum wrote:A couple of Apache, one with longbow radar guiding 6 LCH will be a deadly combo while in highly contested battlefield only Apache are used.
This would be ideal, but as Indranil has said: there is skepticism on the efficacy of this, given that no information exists that the Apaches are going to be networked with LCHs. Also, no confirmation that any data linking is planned between these two helo types. And no weapons compatibility either. The Longbow-controlled hellfire missile is not qualified on LCH and the HELINA is not linked to Longbow. So not sure what weapons would be linked to the Apaches.
My feeling on this is that the LCHs will operate independently in the high altitude regions and the Apaches will dominate the Punjab and Rajasthan fronts in their own packs.
Could be. But remember the IAF can always add networking to the Apache only if the US allows it. The addition of 3rd party kit is strongly monitored by EUMA from the US side. We are not getting the Link-16 and if the IAF is wary of adding it to its own network, then the issue is whether we are willing to share critical ODL details with US vendors to add it to the Apache.
Sadly, it is this kind of stuff that is missing when it comes to buying US stuff. However, the US did allow us to add our own Link-2 to the P-8I and the IN provided the items (I believe) as CFE (Customer Furnished Eqpt).