The official first flight of India’s Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) went ahead as planned at the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) airport in Bengaluru on May 23. But the event was a low-key affair – as a mark of respect to those killed in the Air India Express crash at Mangalore – and India’s Defense Minister, A.K. Antony, his deputy and the Indian Air Force (IAF) chief all skipped the event due to the airliner tragedy. The second prototype is expected to fly within the next four months. ...

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