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Indian Navy fastens its seatbelt for Light Combat Aircraft Tejas

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  1. Justin Joseph

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    Indian Navy fastens its seatbelt for Light Combat Aircraft Tejas

    Bangalore: India is preparing to unveil its first naval variant of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas on July 6 —15 years after the Indian Air Force (IAF) version of LCA’s technology demonstrator (TD-1) was first rolled out in 1995.

    The naval prototype-1 (NP-1) is currently undergoing a series of checks inside the high-security hangar of Bangalore-based Aircraft Research and Development Centre (ARDC).It will be rolled out in the presence of Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral Nirmal Verma, sources told DNA on Tuesday.



    “The two-seater naval variant for aircraft carrier operations, NP-1 will be rolled out on July 6 in Bangalore,” sources said.
    :cheers::yahoo:

    Both Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), the nodal agency for the design and development of Tejas variants, and HAL, its principal partner and main manufacturer, were tight-lipped about the roll-out.

    An aircraft’s roll-out means that it is structurally complete with equipment installed, and plumbing and wiring completed.
    It will be on its wheels and can be moved by assisted power. A roll-out is also a precursor to the next phase of ground-based system integration testing, engine ground run, taxi trials and the first flight. Kept under wraps, the Tejas NP-1 will have almost the same system architecture as the Tejas IAF trainer version.

    “Externally it might look the same like the Tejas trainer, but internally it is a different kettle of fish. We are confident that ADA-HAL will make NP-1 (trainer) ready for the first flight by the end of this year, and NP-2 (fighter) next year,” sources said.

    The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) sanctioned development of LCA for the Navy in April 2003, and in December 2009, the CCS gave its go-ahead for a Mark-II version with a new engine.

    NP-1 will fly with a GE-404 engine. NP-1’s 40% of the funding is from the Indian Navy while 60% is from Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

    The naval variant of Tejas will replace the aging Sea Harrier fleet and the Indian Navy is said to have shown an initial commitment for 50 Tejas aircraft after the platform proves its mettle.

    Both NP-I & NP-2 are tailor-made to operate from an aircraft carrier with the concept of ski-jump take-off and arrested recovery (STOBAR).


    “The aircraft will get airborne within 20 metres over the ski-jump on the ship as against a land-based take-off run of about 800 metres. Landing on the ship is with an arrester hook on the aircraft engaging a ship-based wire.

    The aircraft then stops within 90 metres of touchdown — about
    one-tenth the land-based stopping distance.


    This makes the Tejas naval programme extremely challenging and we are happy with what the Naval Project Team (NPT) based out of Bangalore has done so far,” sources added.

    A 14-member Naval Project Team headed by Commodore (Retd) CD Balaji, programme director, LCA Navy, is monitoring the project’s progress from ADA in close association with ARDC.
    Balaji was not available for any comment.


    Indian Navy fastens its seatbelt for Light Combat Aircraft Tejas - dnaindia.com
     
  2. Just Yash

    Just Yash FULL MEMBER

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    July 6 Woow .........................:mps:

    But My Birth day was in June 6:partay:

    Chalo koi baat nahi birthday gift 1 month let hi sahi...........:woot:

    Every day Our Own Baby Becoming FEARSOME Fighter........

    Simply loving it
     
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    What is the induction date for the regular one ?

    I was reading this article it quote that Antony guy saying by the end of '11 someone here said this year

    So which one is it ?
     
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    I think the 1st squad is to be inducted in Q1 2011 and Operational clearance by end of 2010.
     
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    PIB Press Release
    Wednesday, February 24, 2010
    Ministry of Defence


    Induction of LCA Tejas into IAF
    18:1 IST
    RAJYA SABHA

    A contract for procurement of 20 Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) in Initial Operational Clearance configuration was signed with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd on March 31, 2006. These LCA are likely to be inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF) by March 2011.

    In addition to the above contract for 20 LCA, a proposal for procurement of an additional 20 LCA in Final Operational Clearance configuration is being progressed. The specifications of the LCA are as per the Air Service Requirements framed by the IAF.

    This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in written reply to Shri Santosh Bagrodia and Shri Santaram Laxman Naik in Rajya Sabha today.

    PK / RAJ


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    Monday, March 08, 2010
    Ministry of Defence


    Status of LCA Project
    15:18 IST
    /LOK SABHA/

    A contract for the procurement of 20 Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) in Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) configuration was signed with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) on March 31, 2006. The total contract cost is Rs. 2701.70 crore. Delay in LCA production is primarily due to refinements carried out in the development phase. A total of Rs. 1712.11 crore has been paid to HAL till December 31, 2009 for the LCA Programme. There was a delay in the development of LCA due to certain technical complexities and denial of critical technologies. Rs. 3301.78 crore was sanctioned for the development of LCA, which includes manufacture of eight numbers of Limited Series Production aircraft. Additional Rs. 2475.78 crore has been approved by the Government for LCA Phase-II programme.

    A high level review is being conducted by the Chief of Air Staff once in every quarter and by the Deputy Chief of Air Staff once in every month. LCA is likely to be inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF) by March 2011.

    This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri Sivasami C and others in Lok Sabha today.

    Samir / RAJ
     
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    Hope the navy two seater doesn't look like the trainer version of LCA.