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What is export potential of LCA-tejas?

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    OverLoad Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    Akshay Tapte, studied at KLE Society's College of Engineering and Technology
    Updated 21 Oct 2016

    Yes, LCA Tejas can be exported. But only after HAL finishes the production for IAF. IAF has ordered 120 of them. 20 of these will be Tejas Mk-1 and 100 will be Tejas Mk-1a. The first priority is to supply it to the IAF and phase out Mig21 and Mig 27 by 2027. Though HAL cannot finish the entire delivery by 2027, even with limited no. of Tejas Mk1a and Rafael, IAF will be in a very good position after retiring the Migs.

    But there are a few things to remember.

    1) Tejas in its current form i.e. Tejas Mk-1, although is very advance technologically( full digital fly-by-wire system, helmet mounted displays, carbon composite structure etc.) is deficient in some respect. For example, it doesn't have a gun for dog fights, maintenance is time consuming and its overweight. So the export potential of this version is non existent. The IAF will get 20 of this version.

    2) The next version i.e Tejas Mk1a will address all these issues. It will have a gun(Gsh-23), extra weight will be shed by re-engineering the landing gears, and the Line Replacement Units(LRU) will be rearranged to make maintenance easier. Plus other improvements will be - addition of integrated electronic warfare suite, AESA radar and in-flight refuelling. These changes were asked by the IAF for the Mk-1a version.

    Tejas Mk-1a aircraft will be a highly potent aircraft. Tejas Mk-1 has already displayed its might in Bahrain International Air Show by carrying out maneuvers in 8g. Tejas Mk-1a will be much more sophisticated with the integration of Python-5 and High Off Bore Sight missile firing capability. With integrated electronic warfare suite, AESA radar, in flight refuelling and its light weight, it will be one of the best 4+ generation of fighter aircraft available today.

    Now lets look at the competitors of LCA Tejas MK-1a.

    Tejas Mk-1a is a light weight multirole fighter. The only aircraft in its category is KAI T-50 golden eagle. But Tejas Mk-1a is far more advanced because it will carry an AESA radar. The T-50 carries an older technology multi mode radar, Tejas Mk-1a will have in in-flight refuelling capabilities whereas T-50 doesnt. Also, Tejas Mk-1a can fire diverse and highly advanced missiles and munitions. So, Tejas Mk-1a is a clear winner.

    This means that Tejas Mk-1a has no competition as of today in its weight class.

    Lets look at the cost now. The IAF is buying the Tejas at around $30 million per piece. Although the much advance Tejas MK-1a will be costlier and the export price will be higher, it still will be the most economical 4+ gen fighter in the world.

    The countries where Tejas can be exported will be limited due to the usage of Israeli(AESA radar) and US ( Engine ) systems. But still Tejas has an immense potential in mid eastern countries, Vietnam, Sri-Lanka and Bangladesh.

    Recently, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar stated that some countries have expressed interest in Tejas. I am sure that LCA Tejas Mk-1a will be an export success given its price and technology.
     
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    Don't use quora as a source.
     
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    Using quora for thread is a no go.

    Either post your original thoughts with due references or a write up of a respected journal/bonafide publication.

    Also, post in relevant thread opened for aircraft.

    Closed for discussion
     
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    What is export potential of LCA-tejas?
    at this point of time - none
    and we dont need to worry about that for now.
    all we need to worry about is how to make it viable for our forces for foreseeable future.

    earning $$ for exports comes much much later. as of now. saving $$ by producing domestic products is quicker and better.
     
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