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

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  1. aanshu001

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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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    Good Mig21's to be replaced by LCA .
     
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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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    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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    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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    WHY YOU CALLING IT DONKEY...................
    it is still better than aging mig-21 and others............
     
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    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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    let it mature, it will take time......
     
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    LiberalAtheist SENIOR MEMBER

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    exactly that is what LCAMK2 is for :)
     
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    Tejas aircraft in final trials at Pokhran Jun 20, 2012 :dance3:



    Tejas aircraft in final trials at Pokhran - Times Of India
     
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    How many are we going to induct ?
     
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    Ek to induct ho jaane do, BTW 40 LCA MKI, rest MKII
     
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    40 Tejas MK1 on order ..
    180-220 Tejas Mk2 from 2018 onwards...