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India’s Tejas ready for IAF induction in March 2012 - A K Antony

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Two of the Indian Aeronautical Development Agency’s Tejas Mk 1 light combat aircraft will be ready for induction by March 2012.So far, 1,659 flight tests of the Tejas have been conducted, said defence minister AK Antony. The Indian Air Force has ordered forty Mk 1s, 20 with “initial operating clearance standard” and 20 with “final operation clearance standard”, he added.

Antony’s comments were in response to a query from a member of parliament about the status of the indigenous fighter programme. The Tejas Mk 1, which is produced by Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL), received initial operational clearance on 11 January.

He also discussed the costs of the programme. In 2001, this was estimated at Indian rupees (Rs) 33 billion ($740 million), but cost overruns added an additional Rs24.8 billion to this.

“The additional cost was to meet the expanded scope of the programme, increased cost of materials, manpower, and maintenance of facilities,” he said.

Separately, a two-seat prototype of a naval version of the Tejas Mk I aircraft could have its first flight within the next three months.

The General Electric F404-IN20-powered aircraft is undergoing ground integration tests at HAL’s facility in Bengaluru, said a senior official involved in the programme.
 

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I hoped for at least 8-10 of them joining our fleet in a go... but still, something better than nothing. We need speed, efficiency, dedication and punctuality right now apart from obvious quality.
 

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Any idea how soon we can expect to see full scale production of LCA and how many AC HAL will produce per year?
 

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Tejas MK1 = Donkey

Tejas MK2= the workhorse the IAF wanted back in the 80's

just wondering when Tejas MK2 rolls out for production in 2017 is that when IAF will upgrade the MK1 to MK2? and how many Tejas are we getting total? ive read several sources that say 180 Tejas total some 200 and others 220 can anyone clarify?
 

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Tejas MK1 = Donkey

Tejas MK2= the workhorse the IAF wanted back in the 80's

just wondering when Tejas MK2 rolls out for production in 2017 is that when IAF will upgrade the MK1 to MK2? and how many Tejas are we getting total? ive read several sources that say 180 Tejas total some 200 and others 220 can anyone clarify?
Only 40 Tejas Mk1 are on order with IAF plus the 8 LSP (not sure what happens to them). As for Mk2, contract with GE was finalized for about 100 advanced engines, so the number of Mk2 planned is 100 aircrafts. The higher numbers quoted in various media sources is only speculation, a lot will depend on HAL's production capacity and availability of assembly lines.
 

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Only 40 Tejas Mk1 are on order with IAF plus the 8 LSP (not sure what happens to them). As for Mk2, contract with GE was finalized for about 100 advanced engines, so the number of Mk2 planned is 100 aircrafts. The higher numbers quoted in various media sources is only speculation, a lot will depend on HAL's production capacity and availability of assembly lines.
Not exactly correct IMHO. The plan is to equip Tejas MK2 with Kaveri engine which will be more powerful than GE engines currently being purchased with some digital control etc etc. Plz don't couple the no of GE engines to No of Tejas-MK2s in service.

I think IAF has given an initial order of 40 MK1s and if found satisfactory, an advanced version (MK2) will go on to replace the Jaguars/Migs in the inventory which can be anywhere between 250 - 300 at-least.
 

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Tejas MK1 = Donkey

Tejas MK2= the workhorse the IAF wanted back in the 80's

just wondering when Tejas MK2 rolls out for production in 2017 is that when IAF will upgrade the MK1 to MK2? and how many Tejas are we getting total? ive read several sources that say 180 Tejas total some 200 and others 220 can anyone clarify?
WHY YOU CALLING IT DONKEY...................
it is still better than aging mig-21 and others............
 

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WHY YOU CALLING IT DONKEY...................
it is still better than aging mig-21 and others............
its overweight, low thrust to weight ratio from under powered engine, and i believe it still has problems pulling its desired flight envelope it is better than MiG-21 but still not what the IAF wants that is why MK2 is being developed
 

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Tejas aircraft in final trials at Pokhran Jun 20, 2012 :dance3:



JAISALMER: Pokhran, which witnessed India's nuclear might, is now witnessing a different scene: indigenous Tejas fighter jets are demonstrating their fire power.

Tejas, indeginously built single-seat, single-engine, lightweight, high-agility supersonic fighter aircraft, is currently undergoing flight trials and firing tests here since Sunday in preparation for its operational clearance.

The current trial of Tejas in Chandan, Pokhran firing ranges of Jaisalmer district, is part of the final operational trials (FOC) and will continue for two days. The Tejas is planned to be cleared for operational service by late mid 2013. The light combat aircraft design and development programme is being led by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) of the department of defence with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) as the prime industrial contractor.

"Three of these Tejas aircraft have been taking off from forward Air Force bases to pound on an area with a variety of armaments - from precision guided bombs to conventional bombs weighing up to 500 kg during the tests. These exercises constitute the most important phase ahead of the aircraft's formal induction by the Indian Air Force and are intended to ensure that the bombs are released and hit targets on the ground with accuracy," an official source said. Teams of specialists from DRDO and HAL have already reached the firing range to conduct those tests.

"The IAF officially accepted its first Tejas fighter on March 21, 2011. The Tejas is planned to be cleared for operational service by this year end. The initial weapon tests including bombing begun at Pokhran firing range last year. Tejas' final operational clearance has reportedly been delayed till mid-2013 or later," defence spokesperson Col S D Goswami said.

A total of 40 Tejas LCA Mk 1 aircraft are on order. There are plans to order LCA Mk 2 aircraft for 10 more squadrons (about 180 total aircraft) after completing production of LCA Mk 1, he said.

"Tejas is a major modern Light combat aircraft that have been contracted for induction into IAF.The cost of procurement of the Tejas light combat aircraft is about Rs 8,861 crore. The design and manufacture of modern combat aircraft involves development of very high and sophisticated technology skills. HAL is manufacturing the light combat aircraft for IAF," he added.
Tejas aircraft in final trials at Pokhran - Times Of India
 

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