Rockets do pack a lot of punch - the Hunters of Longewala used SNEB/Matra 68 mm rockets in 18 round pods to bust Pakistani tanks. The Rudra/LCH uses 19 rocket pack from Forges de Zeebrugge that uses US 2.75"/70 mm rockets.
They are adequate for taking on tanks - only the front turret and glacis of tanks have Depleted Uranium / Ceramic Composite / ERA protection. Helicopters attack from top and rockets are more than adequate to penetrate the top.
Plus one doesnt encounter tanks all the time. Pakistani Army - that will be boosted by irregular jehadis - will mostly occupy cemented stone sangars in mountains, plains and desert with Chinese RPG/DShK/H&K UMG and rockets are the best way to take them out.
FZ has laser guided rockets that the BEL manufactured Elbit CoMPASS suite can easily guide.
BTW the Livefist article is precisely how lifafa journalists work - he is trying to make a sales pitch based on Defence Minister's interest in the helicopter.
Other option is US APKWS
The Rudra & LCH need laser guided rockets. ATGMs like Hellfire/PARS/Spike are too expensive for general use.http://www.janes.com/article/49257/aero ... w-paintjob
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/eco ... 909641.ece
The CoMPASS is a day-and-night surveillance system that includes a colour TV daylight camera, third generation 3-5 µm forward-looking infrared (FLIR) sensor; laser target designator and rangefinder; and automatic tracking capabilities. It is being license built in India by Bharat Electronics Limited.
Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Defence Public Sector, has received an order at Aero India 2015 from Elbit Systems Electro-Optical Elop Ltd (Elop), of Israel, for the production of Elop’s Compact Multi-Purpose Advanced Stabilized Systems(CoMPASSTM). This is in addition to an earlier order for the supply of CoMPASS, received by BEL from Elop in 2014. Previously, BEL had entered into a technical collaboration agreement with Elop for the joint production and D-Level maintenance of CoMPASS for the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Programme. BEL had absorbed transfer of technology (ToT) for production of CoMPASS in India. CoMPASS is used in the ALH being manufactured by HAL.
The CoMPASS is a day-and-night surveillance system that includes a colour TV daylight camera, 3rd Generation infrared sensor and automatic tracking capabilities, as well as command and control capabilities.