The Indian Air Force has test fired an Israeli Derby Air-to-Air Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Missile from its domestically grown Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Tejas to demonstrate safe operation of the aircraft during missile plume ingestion into the aircraft engine under worst case scenarios.
The missile was launched from LCA Tejas from the firing range off the Goa coast. LCA Tejas has been designed & developed by DRDO’s autonomous society – Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), the Indian MoD said in a statement Sunday.
Integration of Derby, a BVR class missile is one of the major objectives of Final Operational Clearance (FOC) of LCA Tejas.
The aircraft was tracked by two other Tejas aircraft in close formation to capture the firing event in the specially instrumented high speed cameras for detailed analysis and comparison with the simulation model for validation.
Based on the successful integration and demonstration, Regional Centre for Military Airworthiness (RCMA), a unit of DRDO has cleared the series production aircraft of Squadron 45, to be equipped with Derby operational capability. LCA Tejas has successfully completed a series of captive flight trials to clear Derby for the full operational capability in the entire FOC envelope. In the past, Tejas has qualified for the armaments and missile release related trials.
Indias state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is producing around eight Tejas, a single engine multi-role aircraft, annually and the defence ministry wants it to increase the number to 18 planes per year. "We are very confident that Tejas Mark II will be a big leap forward to fulfil the single engine fighter requirement of the forces," Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Monday, adding the government was also considering export potential of the aircraft
The Indian Air force has committed to buy 324 indigenously-built Tejas Light Combat aircraft (LCA), which also includes 201 upgraded versions of the aircraft, to make up for the fast-depleting number of fighter squadrons. According to a report by Times of India, IAF has “firmly committed” to 123 Tejas jets at present, which will come at a cost of over INR 75,000 crore (US$ 11
Indias Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas demonstrated a hot refueling capability meeting a major requirement of the Indian Air Force Inching close to Final Operational Clearance (FOC) of the Tejas, its manufacturer, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) carried out a hot refueling, which means to fill fuel while the engine is on, followed by a sortie at HAL airport, Bengalore yesterday. The system performance during the refueling session was in-line with design requirements and was satisfactory
The Chief of Staff of the French Air Force, General André Lanata flew the Indian Air Forces domestically built Tejas Light Combat Aircraft on Wednesday during his visit to an Air Force station in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. The Indian Air Force (IAF) in a tweet said, “The Chief of the Staff of French Air Force, General André Lanata, while on a goodwill visit to India, flew a sortie in ‘Made in India – LCA Tejas Aircraft at AF Station Jodhpur, today”
The US Air Force Chief of Staff General David L Goldfein has flown the Indian Air Forces domestically built Tejas Light Combat Aircraft from an Air Force station in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. This was the first time that a foreign military head has flown the fighter aircraft
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)
The Indian Air Force is likely to depute an officer of air marshal rank to head Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas programme. The head of LCA division is currently an officer at the executive director level and programme director of ADA, an H-level scientist, may then report to the IAF official who will be given command, if the plans take off smoothly,
The Indian Defense Ministry has received six bids for the Request for Information for the manufacture of 110 fighter aircraft for the Indian Air Force. The deadline for the RFI issued in April ended on 6 July
Indias indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas will be equipped with a long-range missile of the Meteor class for enhanced capability. The missiles are required to be equipped on the 83 Mark 1A LCAs for which an order has been placed by the air force with the public sector unit Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, government sources told
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