India's indigenously-made Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas is likely to be equipped with air-to-air missile ASRAAM.
State-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and MBDA are set to hold formal talks this week to arm the aircraft with the heat-seeking close combat air-to-air missile, The Print reported Wednesday.
The development has come at a time when the Indian Air Force (IAF) is thinking of standardising the missile across its fleet.
The missile has been integrated with the IAF's Jaguar strike aircraft. Two Su-30MKIs will soon get the ASRAAM as a test project, after which India plans to equip the entire Sukhoi Su-30MKI fleet with the missile in a phased manner.
MBDA is also set to tell the HAL that the Beyond Visual Range Meteor missile cannot be integrated with the Tejas LCA because of the Israeli Elta AESA radar that HAL and IAF Tejas have chosen for Tejas Mark 1A, said sources.
Weighing 88 kg, ASRAAM is a Within Visual Range (WVR) Dominance weapon. It accepts target information via the aircraft sensors, such as the radar or helmet mounted sight but can also act as an autonomous infrared search and track system, the report stated further.
India has developed an advanced laser targeting system for indigenously-made Tejas fighter jet. State-funded Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed the cost-effective Laser designator pod (LDP), Sputnik reported, quoting sources as saying Monday
Indias indigenous Light Combat Aircraft ‘Tejas will debut at Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA), Malaysia, in March this year. Sources in Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) told Deccan Chronicle that IAF pilots would fly the fighter and the two-seater trainer variant to Malaysia from the air force station at Sulur in Tamil Nadu where the No 45 Squadron (Flying Daggers) is based
India's state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) will build trainer aircraft to train pilots fly the Tejas multirole combat aircraft. "The two-seater Tejas trainer aircraft are not expected to be delivered before 2021
Indigenously developed and built Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas will get the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) on January 4, eighteen years after the aircrafts first prototype took shape, Indian media reported Wednesday. "LCA Tejas and Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&CS) are on final induction after going through all the tests," said Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Chairman G Satheesh Reddy in an interview to the state-run All India Radio (AIR)
India's Tejas MK-1 Light Combat Aircraft received the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) in December 2018. "Tejas MK-1 has received the FOC
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