India's defense minister Rajnath Singh Monday inducted the first batch of indigenously-built light combat helicopters, "Prachand," into the Indian Air Force (IAF), officials said.
The induction was done at Air Force station Jodhpur in the western Indian state of Rajasthan.
Primarily designed for deployment in high-altitude regions, the light combat helicopters are capable of firing a range of missiles and other weapons.
Singh revealed that the helicopter has been named Prachand, which means fierce.
Equipped with stealth features, the light combat helicopter is the attack helicopter in the world that can land and take off at an altitude of 5,000 meters with a considerable load of weapons and fuel, officials said.