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Tejas Mark-II is still on the drawing board, with only the preliminary design review being completed till now. The critical design review is far off.
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NEW DELHI: At a time when Pakistan has already clinched the first export order for its JF-17 'Thunder' fighter built with China's help, India's home-grown light combat aircraft Tejas will take yet another year to become fully combat-ready.

What is even more worrying is that the critically-required Tejas Mark-II, with a more powerful engine, is likely to need a strong infusion of foreign collaboration if the first prototype has to take to the skies by 2018-19 as per already much-revised deadlines. "Tejas Mark-II is still on the drawing board, with only the preliminary design review being completed till now. The critical design review is far off," said a source.

This has triggered a major worry since IAF is down to just 35 fighter squadrons when at least 44 are needed to handle a "collusive threat" from Pakistan and China. Moreover, only half of the fighters in the 35 squadrons are operationally available at any given time due to obsolescence, poor serviceability and maintenance.



Even if the ongoing commercial negotiation to directly acquire 36 expensive twin-engine Rafale fighters - IAF is pushing for double that number -- is sealed in a month, it will take well over two years for the deliveries of the French jets to begin.

With older MiG-21s and MiG-27s being progressively retired, the single-engine Tejas is needed fast to make the fall in numbers. But it will get the final operational clearance (FOC) only by mid-2016 now, missing the revised December 2015 deadline set for it. The FOC basically implies the jet is now capable of firing guns, rockets, laser-guided bombs and BVR (beyond visual range) missiles as well as undergo mid-air refuelling.

But the lightweight Tejas cannot fulfil the role of a medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) like Rafale or a "heavyweight" Sukhoi-30MKI. With a reach of just about 400-km, Tejas has just one-third the range and weapon-load capacity of a Rafale or a Sukhoi. So, Tejas cannot be used for deep bombing strikes, for example targets in China.

The actual utility of Tejas' excruciatingly slow progress will be if it actually leads to a faster development of the advanced medium combat aircraft (AMCA), the proposed project for an indigenous fifth-generation fighter aircraft.

IAF, DRDO and Aeronautical Development Agency are now getting set to seek the Cabinet Committee on Security's approval for the initial design and development phase for AMCA. The plan is to conduct the first flight of the twin-engine AMCA, with advanced stealth, super-cruise capability, super-maneuverability and multi-sensor integration, by 2023-2024, as was earlier reported by TOI.

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Final operational clearance for Tejas again delayed till next year - The Times of India
Now this is getting pathetically hilarious. For love of GOD Indians accept you failed here and move on.
@nair @Horus @Areesh @AUz @guru @GURU DUTT @Skull and Bones @levina @balixd @salarsikander
 
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Dear , IAF is gonna achieve each and every target by 2030 in spite of slow progress. We are not depandant on Tejas. When you start discover something new, you have to go through lots of struggle. But result will be sweet of this struggle in future. We are not going into war before 2030 for sure. First our priority is to become one of the largest economy of the world , so that we can afford a major war in future. Believe it or not 400 tejas will be flying in Indian sky as well as Pakistan sky by 2030.
 

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Dear , IAF is gonna achieve each and every target by 2030 in spite of slow progress. We are not depandant on Tejas. When you start discover something new, you have to go through lots of struggle. But result will be sweet of this struggle in future. We are not going into war before 2030 for sure. First our priority is to become one of the largest economy of the world , so that we can afford a major war in future. Believe it or not 400 tejas will be flying in Indian sky as well as Pakistan sky by 2030.

Your General says you don't have an ammo storage to fight more than 20 days. Lol, 20 days yours, the rest of the world will be ours. Radio Pakistan Delhi.
 

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Dear , IAF is gonna achieve each and every target by 2030 in spite of slow progress. We are not depandant on Tejas. When you start discover something new, you have to go through lots of struggle. But result will be sweet of this struggle in future. We are not going into war before 2030 for sure. First our priority is to become one of the largest economy of the world , so that we can afford a major war in future. Believe it or not 400 tejas will be flying in Indian sky as well as Pakistan sky by 2030.
 

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Dear , IAF is gonna achieve each and every target by 2030 in spite of slow progress. We are not depandant on Tejas. When you start discover something new, you have to go through lots of struggle. But result will be sweet of this struggle in future. We are not going into war before 2030 for sure. First our priority is to become one of the largest economy of the world , so that we can afford a major war in future. Believe it or not 400 tejas will be flying in Indian sky as well as Pakistan sky by 2030.
By that time, it will be obsolete.
 

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So everything going according to expectation. .. . a year delay after every year.
 

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Dear , IAF is gonna achieve each and every target by 2030 in spite of slow progress. We are not depandant on Tejas. When you start discover something new, you have to go through lots of struggle. But result will be sweet of this struggle in future. We are not going into war before 2030 for sure. First our priority is to become one of the largest economy of the world , so that we can afford a major war in future. Believe it or not 400 tejas will be flying in Indian sky as well as Pakistan sky by 2030.
By 2030 we would have inducted advanced blocks of thunder and j-31 and if needed j-10s

Your dependance on Tejas will be your own downfall.
 

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You cant shine a turd


Indias ego driven attempt to continuously shine the Tejas

Will only give them a shiny new turd


:pakistan::pakistan::pakistan:we love you tejas:pakistan::pakistan::pakistan:
 

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This has been posted a million times, FOC will be delayed to March because of the air to air probe and quartz cone delay from the UK.
Let the Pakistanis have their fun bro........


Let's see who will be laughing in a year's time when the Mark ONE of this much-belittled beast is many times more capable than their Block TWO Thunder. :pop:
 

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