India plans to induct at least seven squadrons of indigenous Tejas Mark 1-A Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) into Indian Air Force despite flaws to keep the program alive.
The Indian Air Force has agreed to induct the LCA as it urgently needs more than 120 light weight fighters to intercept enemy aircraft and other defense missions, NDTV reported Wednesday.
Earlier the air force agreed to induct 40 Tejas aircraft but it had severe flaws with "shortfalls in meeting the engine thrust and other parameters such as weight of the aircraft, fuel capacity, and pilot protection from front against 7.62 mm bullets," Comptroller Audit General said.
There are doubts about the LCA’s ability to carry required payload of weapons. The Indian radar also needs to be replaced with Israeli radar.
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and defence public sector unit Hindustan Aeronautics Limited or HAL, who are manufacturing the LCA, have promised a more agile Mark 1-A.
The Tejas Mark 2, expected to address the flaws in the Mark 1-A, will not be ready for induction or series production before 2024-2025.
Changes will be made in the ballast and the landing gear making the Tejas Mark 1-A about 1000 kg lighter than its 6500-kg predecessor. Delivery can begin next year, Officials told NDTV said. "The IAF needs to have a minimum number of aircraft at all times. Till the time the indigenously built Tejas Mark II is ready this is best option available," Defence Ministry sources were quoted by NDTV as saying.
The Air Force will find itself very short of fighters after it decommissions three squadrons of its MiG 21 and one MiG 27 squadron this year; it will lose the rest of its 10-odd squadrons of the vintage Russian-made MiGs by 2022.
Cobham has handed over newly designed quartz radome and in-flight refueling probe to be integrated to Indias Tejas MK-1 Light Combat Aircraft. The much awaited Final Operational Clearance of Indias Tejas Light Combat Aircraft was delayed due to non-supply of newly designed quartz radome and a bolt on inflight refueling probe by Cobham UK in March this year, section of Indian Media reported Wednesday
BEL is offering indigenously-built radars for the Indian Air Forces LCA Tejas currently featuring Israeli multi-mode radars on board. SK Sharma, Chairman and Managing Director of BEL told reporters here at Aero India 2015, “Our Active Array Radar is currently being developed in collaboration with DRDO, and would take 2 years to complete
The DRDO exhibit will put up three real-time simulators of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas and the Sukhoi-30 MKI at the Aero India 2015, scheduled to begin on February 18. PS Subramanyam, programme director (Combat aircraft) and director, Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), was quoted as saying by Bangalore Mirror that the two simulators would be for professional pilots as well as the public to use
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has opened talks with Saab to partner it on improving the Indian-made Light Combat Aircraft also called Tejas. Indian news agency PTI said quoting unnamed defence sources that a high-level team from Saab will arrive in India next week to carry forward the discussion
India has offered its Tejas Licght Combat Aircraft (LCA) to Sri Lankan Air Forces bid to replace its ageing Israeli Kfirs and MiG 27s. Tejas will be competing against Pakistans JF-17 fighter (a variant of Chinese FC-1 Xiaolong Fierce Dragon),” Sri Lankan Sunday Observer news website reported
Indias home-made Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Tejas has been grounded due to a defective landing gear detected in all prototypes and limited series production (LSP) aircraft. The landing gear problem, as reported by Deccan Chronicle newspaper was that the gear would not fold up after take-off
Indian Air Force has decided to order 100 modified Tejas aircraft apart from 20 planes, which had been ordered previously. Indian air force believes that by acquiring the aircraft Pakistan can perform better that the JF17 and would beat the Pakistani competitor on four parameters like reach, weapons, ability to kill and survivability
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