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    Post  aksha on Sat Jan 30, 2016 2:07 pm

    Bahrain debut for export-ready Tejas fighter

    https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/bahrain-debut-for-export-ready-tejas-fighter-421182/


    Speaking at the Bahrain International Air Show on 22 January, Dr S Christopher, director general of New Delhi’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), noted the Make in India policy also extends to seeking international sales of its equipment.

    “Our aim is to ensure we have a quality product – not just for indigenous requirements, but also for export,” he says.

    The first international deployment with the Tejas involved flying 970nm (1,800km) from Bengaluru to Jamnagar, before covering a further 650nm for a second refuelling stop in Muscat, Oman. The final leg was a 430nm transit to the show venue at Sakhir air base, near Manama. One aircraft took part in the daily flying display, with the deployment supported by around 50 personnel.



    “In terms of interest, this is a good show for us,” says Christopher, who adds one nation in the region has requested information about the Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL)-built type. “We will have interested people coming to India in April,” he reveals.

    “The LCA has been [made readup y for production], and this year we will see an additional number of aircraft entering into [Indian air force] service,” says HAL chief executive R Kaveri Renganathan. “We are currently ramping production – any export order, we would be ready to dovetail,” he adds.

    Production of the Tejas will rise to seven units this year and eight in 2017, before doubling to 16 the following year. The latter advance will be made by building the Mk1A version of the fighter, which introduces numerous production and system enhancements over an initial batch of 20 jets. India plans to acquire 100 examples in the improved standard.

    Also speaking at the show, Aeronautical Development Agency programme director C D Balaji notes more than 3,000 flights have been made by Tejas aircraft, and the air force has received its first production example. “It is a parallel process between test and evaluation and production,” he says, while adding: “there is a significant amount of maturity.”

    Meanwhile head of flight test programme, Air Vice-Marshal J Chalapati, says work is under way to integrate a new advanced air-to-air missile with the Tejas. “There will be additional details within the next couple of months,” he adds. Russia’s Vympel R-73 weapon has already been cleared for use by the combat aircraft.

    HAL’s Dhruv advanced light helicopter was also on show in Bahrain, with four examples flown by the Indian air force’s Sarang display team. The DRDO brought its indigenous airborne early warning and control system development of the Embraer ERJ-145 to the same event in 2014.

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    Re: HAL Tejas point defence fighter

    Post  aksha on Mon Feb 01, 2016 6:03 am

    106 upgraded Tejas jets to replace MiGs

    http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/106-upgraded-tejas-jets-to-replace-migs/190424.html

    The Ministry of Defence has decided to locally produce 106 upgraded Light Combat Aircraft “Tejas” jets to replace the ageing fleet of MiG fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force.
    The “Tejas Mark 1-A” will have 43 improvements over the existing Tejas currently being test-flown by the IAF for various parameters and slated for final operation clearance in March. The existing project is running years behind schedule.
    Sources told The Tribune that a decision has been taken to produce 106 “Tejas Mark 1-A” jets and the same has been conveyed to the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), besides the manufacturer — Bangalore-based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), a public sector undertaking owned by MoD.
    The MoD has set a 2018 deadline for the first aircraft to be ready with a target to complete its production by 2022-2023. In September, new specifications were agreed upon and the IAF accepted 43 modifications that could be carried out without changing the existing design.
    On the list of modifications are five major improvements, including an AESA (active electronically scanned array) radar, which the HAL will co-develop with Israel firm Elta; air-to-air refuelling facility; externally fitted self-protection jammer to prevent incoming enemy missiles from homing in using radar signature; and a new layout, involving 27 modifications, of internal systems to iron out maintenance issues.
    , but will use the same engine — General Electric’s 404. “The power of the engine is more than enough,” said a senior functionary.
    Fitting the newer and more powerful GE-414 engine would entail fresh design and airframe studies.
    The HAL has been asked to produce 16 jets annually and a Rs 1,252-crore modernisation plan has been okayed to ramp up capacities from the present six-seven planes annually.
    The decision will go a long way in keeping the IAF battle-ready. The upgraded jets will fill the void created by MiG-21s and MiG-27s that will be phased out by 2022.
    There are 260 Soviet-era single-engine MiG-21 and MiG-27 jets in the IAF fleet. The air force needs 400 jets over the next 10 years.

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    Re: HAL Tejas point defence fighter

    Post  aksha on Sat Feb 06, 2016 8:01 am

    Tejas fires Derby missile in Jamnagar

    http://www.oneindia.com/india/tejas-fires-derby-missile-jamnagar-2004665.html
    Continuing with its successful stride of flight trails in 2016, India's Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas achieved a major milestone on Friday. One of the limited series production (LSP) platforms fired a Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) missile Derby for the first time.

    According to sources associated with the project, the LSP-7 from Tejas flightline fired the missile in Jamnagar as part of its scheduled weapon trials. These weapon trials are part of the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) mandate. It was the 169th flight of LSP-7 and was piloted by Group Capt Rangachari of National Flight Test Centre. Tejas is also scheduled to fire a Close Combat Missile (CCM) Python-5 missile as part of the FOC trails. The LSP-7 along with LSP-4 were part of Indian flying assets at the just-concluded Bahrain International Air Show (BIAS-2016) As reported earlier, the current trials are aimed at validating the accuracy of the missile. Apart from Python and Derby, Tejas has in weapon menu Russian-made CCM R-73, laser-guided bombs (LGB) Griffin and Paveway and Russian-made gun Gsh-23. "It's a great achievement. We are awaiting the test results. The next schedule will be decided based on our analysis. We are awaiting the data," an official attached to the weapon trials programme said.

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    Re: HAL Tejas point defence fighter

    Post  higurashihougi on Sat Feb 06, 2016 11:09 am

    India havent dumped Tejas yet ? Personally I don't think Tejas design is going to work as a modern light fighter.

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    Re: HAL Tejas point defence fighter

    Post  Pinto on Sat Feb 06, 2016 2:07 pm




    Reports are just coming in that India’s LCA Tejas which is racing against time to clear its final operating clearance (FOC) by mid-2016 has successfully passed its first hurdle and test fired Derby beyond-visual-range (BVR) missile in Ballistic Non-Guided mode.

    Bengaluru-based Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) currently is preparing series of guided and unguided testing of Derby beyond-visual-range (BVR) missile against Electronic and flying target in next few days which will last until March and as per well-informed sources four more missiles testing has been scheduled.

    Israeli-developed Derby is a medium-range missile which will be used as a stop-gap measure before India’s own Astra BVR missile goes into production and becomes mainstay weapons system for India’s LCA Tejas.

    Fresh Batch of Rafael Advanced Defence Systems developed Derby beyond-visual-range (BVR) missile were shipped to India earlier this year and India has procured nearly Dozen Derby’s BVRAAM for testing purpose since Derby BVR is only equipped with Six operational Sea Harrier VTOL jets with Indian Navy, which have a limited inventory of the said missile


    http://idrw.org/lca-tejas-test-fires-derby-bvr-missile/#more-86320

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    Re: HAL Tejas point defence fighter

    Post  KiloGolf on Sat Feb 06, 2016 3:39 pm

    So R-73 for VWR and Derby for BVR.
    Ok.... Indian MoD Suspect

    R-77 would have made more sense, even as "stop gap" (which they claim, I don't believe).

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    Re: HAL Tejas point defence fighter

    Post  Militarov on Sat Feb 06, 2016 4:02 pm

    higurashihougi wrote:India havent dumped Tejas yet ? Personally I don't think Tejas design is going to work as a modern light fighter.

    In theory it should be rly good low cost multirole fighter, has even some rly interesting and unique design features. But Indians are trying to make it extremly cheap.

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    Re: HAL Tejas point defence fighter

    Post  aksha on Sat Feb 06, 2016 8:34 pm

    KiloGolf wrote:So R-73 for VWR and Derby for BVR.
    Ok.... Indian MoD Suspect

    R-77 would have made more sense, even as "stop gap" (which they claim, I don't believe).


    Astra is supposed to be the main BVR missile.(the tejas official facebook page says)
    while the Astra will enter production this year for the Su30 MKI , but Astra has been tested only with the Su30mki
    integrating it with Tejas will take time. (radar being Israeli, and the Astra's seeker being Russian ,same as that of the R77)



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    Re: HAL Tejas point defence fighter

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    Re: HAL Tejas point defence fighter

    Post  Militarov on Tue Feb 09, 2016 3:53 am



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    Re: HAL Tejas point defence fighter

    Post  higurashihougi on Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:55 am

    Militarov wrote:
    higurashihougi wrote:India havent dumped Tejas yet ? Personally I don't think Tejas design is going to work as a modern light fighter.

    In theory it should be rly good low cost multirole fighter, has even some rly interesting and unique design features. But Indians are trying to make it extremly cheap.

    Tejas's design, like Mirage, Draken, and EU-canard, cannot achieve high AoA, which is crirical for an air fighter.

    And BTW, Draken's "corba" video is fake. The viewpoint of camera make its look like Draken did the corba, which is actually not.

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    Post  max steel on Wed Mar 16, 2016 2:58 am

    India may double production rate of LCA Tejas

    The proposal for Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) for ramping up of production of LCA from the present installed capacity of eight to sixteen aircrafts per annum by HAL is being processed.

    An expenditure of Rs.1259 Crore has been proposed for this purpose with 50% funding by HAL, 25% by IAF and 25% by Indian Navy, with timeline of 36 months from the date of sanction.

    A case for additional 80 LCA with four essential capabilities viz Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missiles, Air to Air Refueling (AAR) capability and Electronic Warfare (EW) suite in the upgraded version LCA Mk 1A is being progressed for placing orders.


    This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Shri Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri A.K Selvaraj in Rajya Sabha today.

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    Re: HAL Tejas point defence fighter

    Post  max steel on Sat Apr 16, 2016 12:27 am

    HAL In Talks with Swedish Firm for Upgraded Tejas

    State-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited or HAL is in talks with Swedish aerospace major Saab, makers of single engine Gripen fighter planes, to collaborate on the upgraded version of the indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft 'Tejas' which will replace IAF's aging fleet of MiG combat jets.

    Senior defence sources said that while the first round of talks have been completed, a high-level team from Saab will arrive in India next week to carry forward the discussion.

    "India needs about 300 aircraft of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) type. Saab's Gripen is a good fighter jet and hence exploratory talks are on to see if they can be a technical collaborator for the upgraded Tejas," they said. The Defence Ministry has set 2018 deadline for making the first upgraded Tejas aircraft.

    HAL, manufacturer of Tejas, is likely to hand over the fourth aircraft to the Air Force by June end. The four aircraft will make up for the first squadron of IAF which will be used for training and familarisation.

    Rather than waiting for LAC Mk II, IAF had decided to go in with an upgraded version of the existing Tejas with over 40 modifications.

    IAF currently plans to acquire 120 Tejas aircraft, with 100 of these having major modifications. The force wants Active Electrically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar, Unified Electronic Warfare (EW) Suite, mid-air refueling capacity and beyond the vision range missiles.

    As per the production plan, six aircraft will be made this year (2015-16) and HAL will subsequently scale it up to eight and 16 aircraft per year.

    Saab had offered JAS39 Gripen-E light fighter to India when the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) tender was announced. The bid was finally won by French firm Dassault Aviation.

    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) had a few years ago sought Saab's help in the Mark-II version of Tejas, which will eventually be inducted into the air force. Saab is likely to insist on a government-to-government (G2G) deal if they step in to assist India in developing and manufacturing a light fighter plane.

    The Swedish aerospace major has already submitted a proposal to make Gripen in India under the 'Make in India' initiative.

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    India in Talks With Sweden Over New Fighter Jet Upgrade

    Post  Pinto on Wed Apr 27, 2016 8:13 am

    The Swedish aerospace and defense company Saab is considering a partnership with Indian state-run aircraft maker Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to collaborate on the upgraded version of the indigenously-developed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) dubbed Tejas Mark-IA, The Economic Times reports.

    A high-level delegation from Saab is currently in India to discuss details of the potential partnership. “India needs about 300 aircraft of the LCA type. Saab’s Gripen is a good fighter jet and hence exploratory talks are on to see if they can be a technical collaborator for the upgraded Tejas,” sources within India’s Defense Ministry said, according to Indian media reports.

    Saab will most likely insist on a government-to-government deal should it decide to collaborate with HAL on upgrading the Tejas LCA. Indian defense officials have repeatedly spoken about a possible joint venture with a foreign fighter manufacturer to upgrade the Tejas LCA over the last year–in particular fitting the fighter jet with the more powerful General Electric F414-GE-IN56 engine. (The LCA Mark-I version is powered by a General Electric F404-GE-IN20 turbofan engine.) However, this plan appears to have been abandoned for the Tejas Mark-IA since it would have required a complete redesign of the aircraft.

    The Tejas LCA is a supersonic, single-seat, single-engine multirole light fighter aircraft, which has been under development for the past three decades. It has been co-developed by the Aeronautical Development Agency in cooperation with HAL to replace the IAF’s aging fleet of MiG-21 and MiG-23 aircraft.

    However, “the Mark-I version of the Tejas fighter jet has been suffering from numerous technical problems including inadequate electronic warfare capabilities, a malfunctioning onboard radar system, as well as reduced internal-fuel capacity among a host of other issues,” as I wrote previously. The improved version of the fighter jet is supposed to fix the technical issues outlined above. As I reported in January 2016:

    The Indian Air Force also abandoned plans to develop an upgraded Mark-II Tejas LCA and instead will field an improved Mark-I Tejas LCA — dubbed Tejas Mark-IA — in which the technical problems of the Mark-I version (…) will be addressed.

    Improvements include a new active electronically scanned array radar, an air-to-air refuelling capability, and an Unified Electronic Warfare Suite, as well as new long-range missiles, among 27 other modifications.

    HAL is slated to hand over the fourth Tejas LCA to the IAF by the end of June for further testing with another two aircraft delivered by the end of 2016. The IAF plans to induct the first upgraded Tejas LCA by 2018.

    http://thediplomat.com/2016/04/india-in-talks-with-sweden-over-new-fighter-jet-upgrade/

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    Re: HAL Tejas point defence fighter

    Post  medo on Wed Apr 27, 2016 11:34 am

    If I understand correctly this article, India cancel Tejas MkII. This article is also interesting with claim, that Tejas have a lot of problems. I'm not much surprised as Tejas electronics is a mix of French, Indian and Israeli components. Also it is interesting, that they have problems with Elta EL/M-2032 radar and self protection suit, which is also from Israel. I wonder what India is now expecting, that SAAB could help here. Installing few Swedish components will only make it worse. Only option is, that they throw all electronics out and install whole electronic complex from Gripen. Anything else is just waste of money and time.

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    Search Results New Documentary on LCA-Tejas by NEWS9

    Post  Pinto on Sat May 14, 2016 8:03 pm

    https://youtu.be/CCqjjw8oyGI

    KEY SUMMARY SP1 and SP2 handed over to IAF, SP3 almost ready and SP4 will join later by end of July.

    First Squadron by the end of July or early August with Four aircraft in Bangalore (SP1-SP4).

    SP-5 and SP-6 seen in Sub-Assembly Jig .

    Work seen been carried out on Rear Fuselage assembly of SP-5 New Paintshop hangar to be inaugurated in next few days .

    10 Days is what it takes to Paint one Tejas fighter jet FOC expected by end of this year Tejas MK-1A to take to air by 2018 65 % is indigenisation level of LCA-Tejas

    New Hangars are under construction to house 1st Squadron near HAL facility before its moved to Sulur .

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    Post  George1 on Wed May 18, 2016 3:32 pm

    Indian Air Force to Fly ‘Tejas' Homemade Combat Aircraft

    Chief of Indian Air Force has test flown an indigenously designed and produced Light Combat Aircraft - Tejas, giving the go ahead to roll it out into active operations.

    New Delhi (Sputnik) — The Indian Air Force (IAF) has finally found an indigenous replacement for its ageing fleet of MiG-21 and MiG-23 fighter aircraft. Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha flew the Tejas — a Light Combat Aircraft designed and developed by the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). According to a statement by HAL, after his maiden sortie, Air Chief Marshal Raha said, "It is my first sortie in a Tejas, it is a good aircraft for induction into IAF operations."

    ​The Air Chief Marshal carried out a number of manoeuvers in the twin-seater trainer aircraft including simulated air-to-air and air-to-ground attacks. He also assessed the advanced modes of the radar and Helmet Mounted Display Sight (HMDS). An ace fighter pilot himself, Air Chief Marshal Raha appreciated the flying qualities of the aircraft.

    Production of the Tejas aircraft has already commenced at HAL Bengaluru and the first squadron of the trainer LCA is expected to be formed by July 2016.

    The Tejas LCA is a supersonic, single-engine multirole light fighter aircraft, which has been under development for the past three decades. It has been co-developed by the Aeronautical Development Agency in cooperation with HAL to replace the IAF's ageing fleet of MiG-21 and MiG-23 fighter aircraft.

    The Tejas is however, still not combat-ready. Its final phase of weapon trials, including firing of BVR (beyond visual range) missiles, is currently under way. Moreover, the fighter is to get an AESA (active electronically scanned array) radar and advanced electronic warfare (EW) suite, and mid-air refueling capability, for the Mark-IA version that the IAF actually wants. This is likely to take another two years. This means the IAF will get the first 20 combat-ready Tejas by 2018.

    Air Marshal Anil Chopra (retired) told Sputnik that the IAF will form only four squadrons out of the Mark-1A version to fulfil and immediate shortage. "The LCA Mark-II will fulfil the actual specifications of the IAF. This version will probably be delivered by 2022. Meanwhile, the LCA Mark-I currently available is also good enough for the Indian Air Force as it is capable of meeting most of the immediate requirements."

    Meanwhile, manufacturer HAL is upbeat about the progress and hopes to capture small overseas markets for aircraft of this specification. "It is a morale boosting gesture from the IAF Chief and reposes great confidence of our valuable customer in our abilities", said T. Suvarna Raju, Chief Managing Director, HAL.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20160517/1039766798/india-air-force-tejas-combat-aircraft.html#ixzz490vh7z9E


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    First Tejas squadron to fly before Diwali: Parrikar

    Post  Pinto on Sat May 21, 2016 12:09 pm


    NEW DELHI: The first squadron of Tejas fighter jets will be flying before Diwali, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said, adding that the indigenous light combat aircraft (LCA) is as good as Rafale, even though its load carrying capacity and range is lesser.

    He also said that by the year-end, the government will decide on which multi-role fighter jets will be manufactured in the country.

    In an interview to All India Radio, the minister stressed that the Indian Air Force can get two Tejas fighters at the price of one Rafale jet.

    "In the air force, a new fighter has not been inducted since 1994. Tejas was stuck for 32 years. Now, two planes have been supplied and a few more will be supplied in a couple of months," Parrikar said
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    "The first squadron of Tejas will be ready by September-October and it will be flying before Diwali," the minister said.

    "Our Tejas has the same qualities as Rafale. Although Tejas is in lightweight category, with its range also half compared with Rafale, but in terms of avionics, electronics and firepower it is no less than Rafale," he said.

    "One Rafale fighter is worth approximately Rs 700 crore to Rs 750 crore while an Su-30 costs about Rs 475 crore. Compared to these planes, India's Tejas is in the range of Rs 200 crore to Rs 250 crore only. We can get two Tejas at the price of one Rafale," the minister said.

    Parrikar said concluding the deal to buy Rafale fighters from Dassault Aviation of France will take a "few more weeks", and added that the negotiations on price was important.

    "You will have to bring down the cost. If you throw away the price they demand, our coffers will soon be empty," he said.

    Asked about the plans to manufacture the multi-role fighter jets in the country, Parrikar said: "By the end of this year, a decision will be taken on which fighter aircraft will be made in India. We have not decided yet whether we will make the F-18, Eurofighter, Rafale or Griffin."

    On the dip in the numbers of IAF squadrons, the defence minister said the gap will be bridged soon. "The sanctioned strength of fighter squadrons is 42, but 100 percent is never reached. We have 34 squadrons at present. In the next three to four years, four to five squadrons of Tejas will be added; a few more squadrons of Sukhoi will also come. By then two squadrons of Rafale jets will also come," Parrikar said.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/First-Tejas-squadron-to-fly-before-Diwali-Parrikar/articleshow/52364193.cms

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    Re: HAL Tejas point defence fighter

    Post  George1 on Fri Jul 01, 2016 12:13 pm

    Flying Daggers: India Inducts Tejas Fighter Jets Into Air Force

    http://sputniknews.com/military/20160701/1042268186/tejas-india-flying-daggers.html


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    Re: HAL Tejas point defence fighter

    Post  aksha on Wed Jul 06, 2016 10:49 am

    First picture of tejas with the Python 5.


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    Post  aksha on Wed Jul 06, 2016 11:12 am

    pics from the induction ceremony


    IAF's No.45 squadron, the 'Flying Daggers'










    IAF pilot and sqd 45 CO Ranga undertakes the mandatory checks ahead of 1st squadron flight.



    IAF's No.45 Squadron to become 1st LCA Tejas unit. Motto: Ajithalakshya ('Invincibility Our Mission')



    Derby firing
    https://www.facebook.com/Livefist/videos/1099160340122588/



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    Taking forward the Tejas


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    Over the preceding decade, under-informed defence writers and commentators have made careers out of bad-mouthing India’s Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA). The commentary focused primarily on development delays, criticized the fighter’s performance and sneered at the under-funded, under-staffed Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), a Defence R&D Organisation (DRDO) agency responsible for the Tejas programme. Regrettably, the Indian Air Force (IAF) colluded in undermining ADA, passing on tidbits to the media in order to show the Tejas in a poor light, apparently to clear the way for importing expensive aircraft. Thanks to this, most Indians came to regard the Tejas as a byword for delay, incompetence and the untrustworthiness of the DRDO. Most Indians concluded that the purchase of exorbitantly priced foreign aircraft like the French Rafale was unavoidable to keep India safe.

    These critics have now done an about-turn after Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar inducted the first two production version Tejas Mark I fighters on Saturday into the IAF’s first operational Tejas squadron (45 Squadron). In January, the Tejas made its foreign debut, performing well-received aerobatics displays at the Bahrain international Air Show. Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, a steady hand at the IAF’s tiller, has supported the Tejas and committed to ordering 100 Tejas Mark 1A fighters --- similar to the current version, except for four specified improvements. Test pilots involved in the Tejas’ flight-testing had always praised its performance and reliability, but now there is also praise from the IAF.

    Group Captain Madhav Rangachari, the 45 Squadron chief who flew the Tejas on Saturday, reportedly observed afterwards: "I felt like being on top of the world when flying the Tejas fighter. It’s an excellent aircraft and on par with other fighters in the world.”

    That nobody has contradicted Rangachari is a measure of how effusive the media has suddenly become in reporting this story. It needs to be pointed out that the Tejas is not “a generation ahead of other fighters”; it is a contemporary fighter, with several features that match the “best-in-class”, while others still require improvement.

    Even so, the most astounding achievement of the Tejas project is the development of a fourth-generation fighter and a respectable aerospace development, production and testing eco-system in India for the pittance of Rs 14,047 crore, just over $2 billion. This was done in the face of intensified international technology sanctions since the 1998 nuclear tests and, as discussed above, amidst media and IAF hostility.

    The operationalization of the Tejas has not taken “over three decades” as critics dishonestly maintain. They incorrectly cite August 22, 1983 as the start of the Tejas project, when the government allocated Rs 560 crore for “feasibility studies and project definition”. In fact, it took another decade, until April 1993, when the defence ministry sanctioned the “Full Scale Engineering Development” (FSED) of the Tejas, and provided funds to build two fighters as “technology demonstrators”.

    Taking April 1993 as the start of the Tejas development programme, the timeline suddenly looks more respectable. It took just eight years for the Tejas’ first flight in 2001; 20 years for initial operational clearance in 2013, and 23 years for final operational clearance and induction into IAF service. The significantly more capable Tejas Mark IA is expected to be completed by 2018 to meet standards that four agencies --- the defence ministry, IAF, ADA, and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), which builds the fighter --- have hammered out between them, to make the Tejas clearly more capable than current enemy fighters. If that deadline is met, the Tejas will have taken exactly a quarter century in development. That is a creditable record for building a first fighter.

    The improved Tejas Mark IA will have an AESA radar, which the DRDO-HAL combine proposes to build in partnership with Israeli company Elbit.

    It will be capable of air-to-air refueling to increase range and combat endurance. It will also have a “self-protection jammer” (SPJ) mounted in an external pod to confuse enemy radar. Finally, it will have an improved layout of internal systems to ease maintenance and allow rapid “turnaround time”, i.e. the quickness with which the Tejas can leave on a fresh mission after returning from an earlier one.

    The IAF has already detailed the Tejas’ performance parameters, announcing: “The LCA has a very competitive and cotemporary operational envelope. It is capable of operations up to an altitude of 50,000 feet and a maximum speed of 1.6 Mach at [high] altitudes or 730 knots… at low levels. The aircraft [can turn at] +8G to -2.5G (which allows it to U-turn in 350 metres) in operationally clean configuration… or +6G to -2.5G with other external stores.” This respectable performance envelope will be further enhanced when the Tejas IA enters service.

    It is, therefore, incorrect to suggest, as some commentators and editorial writers have done, that only the import of fighters like the Rafale would give the IAF an operational edge.

    Directing those billions into the Tejas programme instead would be a more sensible course.

    Even as the Tejas Mark IA is being developed, ADA is working on the Tejas Mark II. The key enhancement in that will be the replacement of the current General Electric F-404 engine with the larger, more powerful GE F-414 engine. The technological challenge --- which is to re-engineer the Mark I fuselage to fit in the bulkier F-414 --- would be offset by the Mark II’s greater power. The re-engineering would also provide the opportunity to replace the current generation of avionics with enhanced, new-generation avionics. Realistically, the Mark II can be expected to enter service by 2023-24, until when HAL can build the 100 Mark IA fighters that the IAF has committed to buying.

    Supporting ADA through this programme is essential. That agency is simultaneously working on an Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), which will be a fifth-generation fighter with stealth features, and incorporating an advanced engine that will allow it to supercruise (fly at supersonic speed without lighting the fuel-guzzling afterburner). To enable and empower this project, it is essential to quickly conclude the contract with Russia to co-develop the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) that has been mired in negotiations for a decade. The FGFA experience would provide Indian aeronautical engineers the knowhow and experience in working on fifth-generation technologies, which would be translated into the AMCA.

    The area of concern, which the defence ministry needs to address on priority, is to ensure that HAL builds the Tejas Mark I and Mark IA at a rate of 12-16 fighters per year. That would allow the IAF to conduct operational planning, obtain buy-in from that service, and translate the Tejas from a debutante into a real combat asset.

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    Light Combat Aircraft manufacturing facility to come up in AP

    Post  Pinto on Sun Aug 21, 2016 7:42 pm

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    Vijayawada, Aug 21 (PTI) A weapons integration facility to manufacture Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), said to be the first-of-its-kind in the country in the private sector, will be set up in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh at a total cost of Rs 2,135 crore.

    Wem Technologies Private Limited is partnering with Lockheed Martin, the largest defence equipment manufacturer in the US, to set up this facility, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said.

    "We have decided to allot 350 acres of land for this facility spread over Vatluru and Bhogapuram villages near Eluru in West Godavari district. In the first phase, they will invest Rs 635 crore and provide employment to 650 persons. In all, 2510 jobs will be created when the facility becomes fully operational," Chandrababu told a press conference here last night.
    Wem currently has orders worth Rs 560 crore on hand, he said.

    Other details about the project or its Indian promoters are awaited. PTI DBV DK RCJ SRE

    http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/light-combat-aircraft-manufacturing-facility-to-come-up-in-ap/1/745240.html

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    India to Start Production of Its Tejas Mark 1A Fighter Jet by 2021

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