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Tejas lacks the teeth IAF needs

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  1. Anish

    Anish Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    There was joy at HAL and ADA on Saturday with the LCA Tejas being finally handed over to the IAF after decades of hard work. But is it the mean machine the IAF is looking for as its struggles with outdated aircraft, depleting squadron strength and India losing its air-power edge to its neighbours? The first series production LCA may have been handed over, but IAF is pushing Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and HAL to make it more combat-worthy.

    It wants four main additions — a Russian gun, upgraded software, long-range missiles and mid-air refuelling capability. Their absence will affect the IAF’s operations and a final clearance will be elusive. An advanced electronic warfare suite is also a requirement. “The LCA has already been built, and to meet these requirements, we have to disrupt the structure.

    But work is on, the gun has been integrated with a prototype and accommodation of refuelling is on. The other things will also be ready,” ADA chief PS Subramanya told TOI. Kota Harinarayana, called the Father of the LCA, said: “The aircraft is combat-ready. They should begin using it, understand the platform and then upgradations can be made.” He said, “The Su-30 platform, four times the size of LCA, isn’t equipped with electronic warfare.

    Have we stopped using it? When India purchased the Mirage-2000 series, the plane couldn’t carry any weapons. Why did we buy it?” The IAF continues to push HAL and ADA for the changes before the final clearance is granted. The IAF’s discontent with the project has been apparent over the years which saw the aircraft having to get a second Initial Operation Clearance while the Final Operation Clearance is still elusive. Subramanya said not all of the first 20 of 40 aircraft to be delivered to IAF will lack these.

    “The first 20 will be in the IOC configuration but we’re making sure that 35 meet FOC standards. All these requirements will be met from let’s say the fifth series production aircraft,” he said. The IAF though will not settle for anything less.

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    Anish Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Many inaccuracies in article.

    1. Su30 has an EW pod.
    2. Mirage 2000 came with Magic missiles.
    3. FOC standard Tejas cannot be built as the tech does not exist.

    What article is missing is that the first 20 won't be delivered before 2021-22 as the delays are multiplying due to failure of HAL/ADA
     
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    During the time of the Mirage-2000, missiles did not play such a large part.
     
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    Paliwal Warrior Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    is MICA a BVR / WVR ?
     
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    Anish Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Can be used in both roles.
    With more than 60km range it is a BVR and with very low minimum range 500m it is a WVR.
     
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    can you give its max range no more than gie its max range
     
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    Anish Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Anish Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    I don't work for MBDA.
     
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    $31 million fighter plane without a GUN
    pakistan will laugh at us

    How could people in HAL compare Tejas with Gripen
     
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    Anish Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Now we have developed the desi equivalent of F-35 :rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
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    Then why IAF is inducting toothless fighter? They should revolt against Govt & HAL/ADA

    English professor please talk to Air chief Raha
     
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    arulcharles Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    If IAF is operating 50 years old Mig 21, which is facing latest fighter such as J-10, F-16, Su-27,
    Then There is no wonder they are going to operate Tejas
     
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    This was a political move . Modi Gov wants to speed up things and wants to show that things are getting done , a average indian wouldnt know all the details ,so he wouldnt care . anyways i think it is a good thing IAF will get to use tejas and get familiar with it while the upgrades are done
     
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    Yes that why there was no photo op session. Just a feel good news what our neighbours would call propaganda.

    Normally this would be a massive event with half the cabinet and every tv channel crew present.
    It would be the Newshour topic and Sanjay Jha will claim it as Indira Gandhi's legacy.
     
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