Mk-1A Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA)

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Updated 2021/11/05 at 2:27 PM

HAL signed a $716 million deal with GE Aviation of the United States on Tuesday for 99 F404 aircraft engines and related services to power the indigenous Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mk-1A. The Indian Air Force received 83 LCA-Mk1As after the Defence Ministry signed a Rs. 48,000 crore agreement with HAL in February. The Indian military uses the Light Combat Aircraft Tejas, an indigenous supersonic fighter plane.

The LCA Tejas is a multirole light combat aircraft with a single engine. The Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) was founded by the Government of India to supervise the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) programme, which began in 1984. India’s HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) designed and developed the LCA Tejas. It took the place of the Mig 21 fighter jets, which were getting old. HAL produced its second supersonic fighter plane (the first one being HAL HF-24 Marut). In its class, it is the lightest and smallest multi-role supersonic fighter aircraft. It can carry a variety of weapons, including air-to-air, air-to-surface, precision-guided, and standoff.

The Mk-1A model of the Light Combat Aircraft is a state-of-the-art current 4+ generation fighter aircraft that was conceived, produced, and manufactured entirely in India. In terms of avionics, performance, and weapons capability, the Tejas LCA Mk-1A will be superior to earlier models of the LCA Tejas. The Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar, Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Missile, Electronic Warfare (EW) Suite, and Air-to-Air Refueling (AAR) Suite are all key operational capabilities aboard this aircraft (AAR). The LCA Tejas Mk-1A will be versatile enough to allow for hardware and software integration needed to fire several types of Beyond Visual Range (BVR) weapons already in the inventory of the company (IAF)

 

Source: The Hindu

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