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Combat off the mark for LCA

Discussion in 'Indian Air Force' started by Manmohan Yadav, Jun 28, 2013.

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  1. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    Already facing a huge delay, the ambitious indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA)–Tejas project came up for review at a high-level meeting which was chaired by Union Defence Minister A.K. Antony recently in the Capital.

    Mr. Antony stressed upon the necessity to adhere to schedule and asked all stake holders for avoiding further slippage on the programme. He also directed the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to make the LCA as its number one thrust area.

    It was decided at the review meeting that the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) would ramp up the production capacity of LCA to 16 aircraft a year. The meeting decided that efforts should be made to attain Initial Operational Clearance-II by November this year and Final Operational Clearance (FOC) by December 2014.

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    The meeting was attended, among others, by National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral D.K. Joshi, Defence Secretary R.K. Mathur, DRDO chief Avinash Chander and HAL chief R.K. Tyagi.

    Tejas, already three decades in the making, is not likely to become fully combat worthy even in 2015, sources in the defence industry say. Around a dozen Tejas prototypes have taken to flying but with IOC–II being pushed to November this year, it could take even longer for FOC to come around. The IOC-II is compulsory to certify the fighter jet as fully airworthy.

    In fact, the new DRDO chief Avinash Chander, who took over from V.K. Saraswat on May 30 and is himself a missile expert, will have his task cut out — to ensure that the LCA project does not suffer any more delays as it is crucial for India to get its own fighter jet in time.

    The Tejas LCA project was first sanctioned in 1983 at a cost of Rs. 560 crore to replace the ageing MiG-21s. With the delay, the cost of the overall programme has escalated to huge proportions. It is estimated to cost more than Rs. 25,000 crore if the Naval variant and the unsuccessful Kaveri engine are also included.

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) has placed order for 20 Tejas in IOC-II configuration, with the American GE-404 engines, and another 20 in FOC. As per current plans, IAF will order six Tejas Mark-II squadrons (16 to 18 jets each), with the more powerful GE F-414 engines, once the fighter is combat-ready.

    India’s LCA programme is meant to boost its capabilities even as the IAF continues to operate the now modernised version of MiG-21 Bison. The IAF hopes to maintain an adequate force until the multi-billion dollar MMRCA (medium, multi-role combat aircraft) order of 126 fighter Rafale fighter jets from France fructifies. And it is the reason, why India’s own LCA Tejas project is crucial to the IAF’s future prospects.
     
  2. Rock n Rolla

    Rock n Rolla Lt. Colonel STAR MEMBER

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    Sincerely hope our new DRDO chief Avinash Chander will speed up things & deliver the LCA soon.
     
  3. kumar2310s

    kumar2310s 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    These people should be given Project Management Trainings and should attend some professional courses as well so they will understand the importance of time and costs
     
  4. yahya

    yahya 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    nothing will happen that pak is going ahead of us they have 2 planes ready with china K8 Fc17 correct me if ia m wrong come on india
     
  5. kumar2310s

    kumar2310s 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    It should not happen one day that India is buying Technology from Pakistan due to failure of Indian HAL and others :sad:
     
  6. Keshav Murali

    Keshav Murali FULL MEMBER

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    How can it happen? Pak is lagging behind us.
     
  7. Himanshu Pandey

    Himanshu Pandey Don't get mad, get even. STAR MEMBER

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    delays and more delays
     
  8. Picard

    Picard Lt. Colonel RESEARCHER

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    And it shows; it's basically Mirage Mk II at least where arerodynamics are concerned.
     
  9. Ved Mishra

    Ved Mishra Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    Design looks inspired from M2K. Interesting to see if it could match M2K in all parameters.
    i would describe Tejas as a light weight omni role fighter bomber.
    Will have to test it in DACT against Mig 29 and M2K to know its strength and weaknesses.
    If all goes as per expectation of IAF the mission is accomplished.
    I guess it will be more useful in Air Defence rather than strike roles.
     
  10. Sam_

    Sam_ 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    ******** this ,LCA is a joke
     
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