India’s indigenous Light Combat Aircraft and the MiG 29K fighter planes will make their first appearance on the newly launched aircraft carrier, the INS Vikrant.
While the Indian Navy is eager to procure eight carrier version of the LCA; the first prototype aircraft has completed only four flight tests so far as part of a planned ski-jump from the shore-based test facility (SBTF) at INS Hansa in Goa this year.
The Prototype, known as NP-1, has not flown a sortie since last year after technical difficulties ensued. Since then, the Navy has enlisted its American help to complete crucial trials after an absence of experienced pilots forced the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), in charge of the project, to request the US Navy to train its test pilots.
The Navy plans to buy at least 42 aircraft in the lighter, more powerful Mark2 configuration, which is expected to be delivered in eight years.
The LCA will vary not only in appearance from its counterpart but it will also have a new stronger and longer landing gear, arrester hook for ship deck landing, front fuselage drooped for better over the nose vision to facilitate ship landing, an additional control surface to reduce ship landing speed and consequential changes in various systems.
According to reports, the LCA and MiG 29Ks will replace the aging depleting Sea Harrier squadron by 2014.
As for the MiG-29Ks, Russia will deliver the second squadron of aircraft meant for the indigenous aircraft carrier by 2015.
“The MiG-29K is heavier and faster than the Harrier and carries more weaponry. Its twin ‘marine-ised’ RD-33MK engines resist corrosion from the salty sea spray, and it goes up to twice the speed of sound (Mach-2). It operates at ranges that the Sea Harrier could not dream of, thanks to the MiG-29’s large fuel capacity and its capability to be refuelled mid-air,” according to a spokesperson.
Meanwhile, the INS Vikrant will be re-docked for erecting the island superstructure (for flight control systems) above its flight deck and the remaining underwater work. Major outfitting work is expected to be completed by 2016 followed by the extensive sea trials. The carrier is expected to be delivered to the Indian Navy by the end of 2018.
The aircraft carrier will be equipped with modern weapons systems including long range surface-to-air missiles (LR SAM) and close-in weapons system (CIWS).
Indian Defence Minister AK Antony today said that the countrys indigenously developed fighter aircraft - LCA Tejas - will get Final Operational Clearance of the Indian Air Force by the end of next year. Speaking at the Annual Awards Functions of DRDO, he said, all stakeholders including the DRDO, IAF and HAL must put their energy together in a focused manner to achieve this objective
Indian Defense Minister A K Antony on Monday said that his ministry will commission MIG-29 K fighter planes into the Indian Navy on May 11 in Goa. The squadron, named INAS 303 Black Panthers, will be commissioned on May 11 by the Defence Minister at INS Hansa Naval base in the state, according to an Indian Navy spokesperson
With the first squadron of carrier-based fly-by-wire MiG-29 K fighters to be formally inducted into the navy next month, India is now keeping its fingers crossed on Russia delivering the 45,000-tonne INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier by 2013 end, after a delay of over five years. The Admiral Gorshkov warship will be put on trial on Barents Sea between May and July and commissioned by Sevmash shipyard on White Sea in November 2013
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India has announced the successful maiden flight of the naval variant of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA). The first prototype of the LCA Naval variant NP-1 took to the skies today from HAL Airport in Bangalore
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Chinese military experts on Monday claimed that Chinas first home-made carrier is equipped with better construction technology and weaponry than Indias first domestically made aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, which is being assembled using foreign technologies. "In terms of technology, India's home-made aircraft carrier cannot compare with China's as China has taken a leap in construction technology and other relevant core technologies, including construction materials, the deck for fighter jets to ski jump and the radar system," Song Zhongping, a TV commentator and military expert, told the Global Times on Monday
Russia could supply air defence systems and other equipment to Indias Vikrant-class aircraft carrier currently under construction, the head of Russian firm Rostec said. "Guidance systems, air defence systems, as well as various systems of airborne weaponry, including anti-aircraft, could be supplied on board the aircraft carrier
Indias first indigenous aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant was successfully undocked on Wednesday after the completion of its structural work at Cochin Shipyard in South India, various media reported. The 260 meters long and 60 meters wide carrier is scheduled for induction in 2018 and will start sea trials in 2017
The MiG-29K carrier-borne fighter aircraft have commenced flight operations from the deck of India's INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier. The aircrafts had been operating from the Shore Based Test Facility of INS Hansa, on the coast of Goa in western India, this was stated by an Indian Naval officer during a media briefing earlier this week
The US President Barack Obama will witness the maiden appearance of two Russian-origin naval MiG-29K fighters on the Indian Republic day. The two fighters will be accompanied by a US-origin P8I maritime surveillance aircraft, forming a “Vic” formation in the front
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