News LCA Tejas finally inducted after 32 years in the pipeline

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  1. JD666

    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    Congratulations to all, finally. Now for final operational clearance?

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    The LCA Tejas Series Production-1 (SP1) was handed over by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to Indian Air Force Chief Air Marshal Arup Raha in Bengaluru on Saturday.


    From Economic times -

    BENGALURU: Thirty-two years after the project was sanctioned, the first indigenously-built Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) was today handed over by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to the IAF, a red letter day for Indian defence and aerospace sector.

    The handover signals the start of a process of induction of the fighters being built at home under a project which has already cost the exchequer nearly Rs 8,000 crore.

    The entire project by the DRDO and Hindustan Aeronautics is estimated to cost over Rs 30,000 crore.

    The aircraft that has been handed over has got Initial Operational Clearance-II, which signifies that Tejas is airworthy in different conditions, sources said. The Final Operational Clearance (FOC) is expected by the year-end.

    This version of the aircraft lacks the latest electronic warfare suite, which was integrated into one of the LCAs two weeks ago, mid-air refuelling and long-range missiles capabilities, among other things that the FOC-configuration aircraft will have.

    The IOC-I was granted to the aircraft, being built by state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), in January 2011.

    The sources said 20 aircraft will be built by 2017-2018, to make the first squadron of the aircraft.

    The LCA programme was initiated in 1983 to replace the ageing MiG-21s in IAF's combat fleet but has missed several deadlines due to various reasons.

    HAL's LCA Project Group has has been upgraded to a full- fledged division to look after production in a systematic way with more investments.

    HAL has carried out thousands of sorties of the LCA and outstation flight trials at Leh, Jamnagar, Jaisalmer, Uttaralai Gwalior, Pathankot and Goa for cold weather, armament and weapon deliveries, MultiMode Radar (MMR), Radar Warning Receiver (RWR), hot weather and missile firing flight trials.


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    After 32 years, India finally gets LCA Tejas aircraft - The Economic Times
     
  2. BANHAMMER

    BANHAMMER Teh Almighty BanHammer Staff Member

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    Is it even any good?
    I have trust issues with these guys.
     
  3. JD666

    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    Well the relaxed static stability or induced instability does make it maneuverable vs the rest. However generation wise, this is best compared with a fighter from the late 80s/early 90s. Some tid bits do stand out, which I think a person like Stoney would be best suited to comment.

    What I like is the fact that there were 5 targets that were set out (Avionics, Engine, Airframe, Radar, and Fly-by-wire). And we managed to accomplish nearly 4 out of 5 of these targets.

    It does need a lot of work, but looking at the doldrums that the IAF is in, this will be a welcome induction. Considering the relatively reasonable price tag, this might make for a good export model as well.
     
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    BANHAMMER Teh Almighty BanHammer Staff Member

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    I dont want to see any pilots dying.
     
  5. JD666

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    And it completes cold weather trials successfully -

    “The aircraft made three consecutive starts using the indigenous gas turbine starter at -15°C with 85 per cent charged battery a few days ago. Prior to the start, the aircraft was cold soaked for 18 to 20 hours (even 42 hours on one occasion) outside the hangar in Leh and no heating source was used for starting,” said HAL chairman T Suvarna Raju.



    Defence News - Tejas Successfully Passes Extreme Cold Weather Trials in Leh
     

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