Tagged: Tejas

LCA Tejas inches closer to FOC; crucial trials coming up

The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas programme is heading towards the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) phase scheduled to be achieved by June this year. According to sources involved with the project, Derby missile will be fired in a guided mode during the first quarter of the year, clearing a key FOC parameter. “In the air-to-air…

Dogfight Over Security Of Indian Skies To Begin Anew – Analysis

The dogfight over the choice of fighter jets – known as the Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MRCA) – that are to provide security for the Indian skies is beginning again, this time for a much larger number than the 2007 figure of 189 asked by the Indian Air Force (IAF), an estimated 400 for for…

Aircraft carrier version of Tejas still alive, despite navy opposition

A decade ago, a far-sighted navy chief, Admiral Arun Prakash, posted his most talented engineering officer, Commander CD Balaji, to develop the Naval Tejas fighter at the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), which oversees the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) programme. Prakash, and several navy chiefs who followed him, continued backing the Naval Tejas with funds…

LCA to get AESA Radar :: US, Israeli and EU companies to bid for tender

India is set to initiate a major international competition to acquire new age radars for its indigenous combat planes in the coming weeks, the winner of which is likely to gain a strong foothold for future domestic projects. Sources have told ET that an expression of interest for a new set of AESA (Active Electronically…

India’s Indigenously Developed Tejas Challenges Ahead

T Suvarna Raju, CMF Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has said India is ready to export LCA Tejas in the future. Raju also said that with the ramping up of LCA Tejas from 8 to 16 aircraft per annum and with outsourcing and participation of private players HAL will be able to speed up export process.…

Why the Indian Navy Is Unhappy With Its Carrier-Based Light Combat Aircraft Project

Ahead of Navy Day celebrations on December 4, Admiral Sunil Lanba, India’s chief of naval staff (CNS), caused a minor flutter in the media by suggesting that the Navy was doing a rethink on the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) project, India’s premier light fighter jet program. At a press conference, Lanba remarked that the…

LCA Tejas the proud child of India’s aeronautical sector.

LCA programme was perhaps the most gruelling test for the maturing aerospace fraternity of India, as it demanded them to work in unison to achieve the impossible. Today, LCA Tejas is considered as one of the best aircraft in its class. Developed in-house with minimum foreign help, the aircraft is a symbol of achievement for…

India Took a Shocking 33 Years to Develop a Jet Fighter

The Indian government is proposing to export its Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Tejas light combat aircraft to other Asian nations. New Delhi hopes that the indigenously developed fighter’s relatively simple design and potentially low maintenance costs will be a selling point for the jet. But India’s prospects for selling the its “new” fighter are highly…

Turkmenistan also shown keen interest in buying Indigenous Tejas Combat Aircraft

Many were taken back when DRDO Chief S. Christopher while speaking to Indian media revealed that indigenous light combat aircraft (LCA)-Tejas was flown by Air chief of Turkmenistan and Turkmenistan is among few countries which has shown interest in the combat jet and with whom India is carrying out the discussion for its export .…

DRDO still aims for Kaveri in LCA

Kaveri, the indigenous aeroengine with over 25 years’ chequered story, may after all fly on the indigenous LCA fighter as was originally planned. Senior officials of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), which spearheads the two marquee programmes, said on Sunday that they hoped to to take the help of an overseas aeroengine maker…

15 LCA’s and 15 Mig-29s will soon arm under-construction Carrier INS Vikrant

India's indigenous HAL Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) will serve aboard the nuclear powered supercarrier, INS Vishal (currently under development), but will first see active service on the INS Vikrant now being fitted out and due to join the Indian Navy in December 2018. The naval version of Tejas is the only fixed wing combat…

HAL begins integration of Mid-Air-Refueling probe on LCA Tejas

Engineers and technicians at Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd's (HAL) LCA-Tejas Division have begun the extremely complex integration of the aerial refueling probe on to the Tejas fighter. During a visit to the HAL facilities, Mathrubhumi witnessed the fitment tests on the Limited Series Production-8 (LSP-8) variant of Tejas. The air-to-air probe, supplied by UK-based Cobham, is…

IAF chief blames UPA for procurement delays, spells out schedule for boosting fighter squadrons

Addressing his first press conference since India contracted for 36 Rafale fighters from France, Indian Air Force (IAF) chief, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, outlined on Tuesday his vision for how crippling deficiencies in fighter aircraft would be tackled. Raha blamed the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s preoccupation with procedure for the IAF’s current aircraft…

India Rejects SAAB’s Offer to Develop Tejas MK1A Aircraft

SAAB's desperate attempt to collaborate with Indian aeronautics firm in the co-development of India's indigenously manufactured fighter aircraft Tejas MK1A has failed to find support in the Indian government. Manohar Parrikar, India's Minister of Defense, said, «There is no collaboration envisaged with any European Aircraft Manufacturer for development of the Tejas Mark 1A." Last month,…

HAL has capacity to produce 8 LCA Tejas per annum

HAL and DRDO have always maintained that the technology in Tejas will not go obsolete for quite some years. It has also intentionally been made longitudinally unstable. This is meant to enhance the aircraft's maneuverability. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has the capacity to produce eight Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas per annum, said Defence Minister…