??Why would india test a single engine fighter for deck landings when no country on earth has ever deployed single jet engined fighter from an aircraft carrier?
Because they want to gain information before finalizing TEDBF's design and components ... And understand the rigors that Naval aviation places on their composites ,materials etc
The MWF,TEDBF etc will all be built on the lessons learnt in designing ,building and flying the Tejas . Not to mention have a lot of the similarity between avionics, subsystems etc , Now whereas they had 1000's of hours of experience catering to IAF specific demands there was little to no experience ADA and HAL had for meeting navy's requirements
The N-LCA with its testing on carrier and at INS Hansa gives them invaluable info on how the avionics , landing gears, cockpit design , delta wings etc etc work in a short take off or ski-jump scenario and what can be incorporated in the new design and what needs to be modified
Carrier Aviation is a punishing pursuit and requires perfection from both man and machine .. In such a situation its imperative that the designers have as much info as they can before building a new jet