The Ministry of Defence, Government of India, intends to procure approximately 57 Multi-Role Carrier Borne Fighters (MRCBF) for aircraft carriers of the Indian Navy.
The MRCBF are intended as day and night capable, all weather multi-role deck based combat aircraft which can be used for Air Defence (AD), Air to Surface Operations, Buddy Refuelling, Reconnaissance, EW missions etc from Indian Navy aircraft carriers, according to the Request for Information published by the ministry Wednesday.
Among various questions put forth in the RFI, the ministry asks whether the aircraft have capability to operate from both STOBAR (Short Take-off But Arrested Recovery) and CATOBAR (Catapult Take-off But Arrested Recovery) aircraft carriers without any modification to the aircraft?.
Indian Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba had last month, announced that the Naval LCA did not meet his force’s requirements and would look for a Foreign-made plane.
The Navy has been given permission by the Defence Ministry to scout global markets for an aircraft carrier-based fighter aircraft for its future requirements. The Naval LCA made its maiden flight in April 2012 and two prototypes are currently undergoing flying as part of the development, he said.
"We will seek aircraft elsewhere which can operate on the aircraft carrier," Lanba had announced.
THE Navy currently operates Russian MiG-29K fighters from the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya and which will also fly from the first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) Vikrant once it enters service.
The MiG-29Ks were procured by India with the INS Vikramaditya and it is the only country in the world to operate the aircraft. Its maker Russia also does not use it in its Navy. A second IAC weighing 65,000 tonnes is currently in the design phase and the Navy Chief said that they would soon approach the government for approval. The Navy has also, so far, promised to help DRDO in developing its fifth-generation AMCA aircraft.
The IAF was also earlier reluctant to buy the LCA but due to continuous pressure by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, the Air Force agreed to buy around 80 more planes from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, making it into a success story.
The first Prototype of Indias Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Tejas Mk2 version is slated for built during 2018-19, while series production(s) are planned for Inducting to fleet which is stated to be taken up in two phases commencing from 2020 onwards. “Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is a principal partner in design, development, manufacturing, integration and flight testing of LCA
Indias Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) plans to harness solar power to enable its Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas manufacturing division to cut down dependency on normal electricity. The project enables us to use solar power and cut down our dependency on normal electricity”, T
India is likely to float a tender for the acquisition of Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) for its new fleet of 83 Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mk 1A in the coming weeks. An expression of interest for a new set of AESA for the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mk 1A is set to be floated shortly, with top global aviation firms expected to participate
The Government of India proposes to export the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas to other countries. In this connection preliminary discussions have been held with a few friendly countries
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The Indian Navy conducted trials of French Rafale, Swedish Saab Sea Gripen, Russian MiG-29K and American F-18 for its $11B (INR 75,000 crore) fighter jet procurement deal for its aircraft carriers. The Indian Navy recently invited foreign vendors to carry out trials to see if the planes could operate off the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, reported
The Indian Navy has issued a request for information (RFI) to procure Special Operation Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (SORs) from global manufacturers to build independent amphibious group. Indian Navy is considering procurement of 10 Special Operation Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (SORs), for conduct of operations in harbor and at sea
Russia is likely to to pitch an aircraft based on upgraded MiG-29KUB for the Indian Navys carrier based fighter jet procurement program, the RFI for which was issued last month. When asked if Russia is proposing any aircraft for the January 17 RFI, UAC First Vice-President Alexander Tulyakov said, “We have been working in connection with the upgrading of MiG29K, carrier based aircraft
The Indian Navy has decommissioned about more than quarter-century-old ships, INS Agray and INS Matanga, on 27 January in a ceremony at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. Agray was a Russian-built Project 1241 PE (Pauk II) anti-submarine corvette, which was converted into a patrol vessel and a trials platform for electronic warfare systems after being severely damaged by an onboard explosion in 2004,
The Indian Navys January 17 RFI for the procurement of 57 naval fighters could be worth US$12 billion for the selected foreign supplier. India needs the fighter jets for its second aircraft carrier being locally built at the Cochin shipyard
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