Pakistan lost its sleep! Indian Air Force will get its first LCA Mark-1A fighter aircraft by July, know its features

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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New Delhi: The first aircraft of the Mark 1A variant of the indigenous combat aircraft Tejas (LCA) is expected to be delivered to the Indian Air Force by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) by July this year. This aircraft was earlier to be delivered to the Air Force during February-March, but due to technical reasons it has been slightly delayed. Defense officials told ANI that the Indian Air Force and public sector company HAL have recently signed an agreement for the fighter aircraft Tejas project. It has been reviewed and now it is expected that it will be handed over to the Air Force by July this year. He said HAL had successfully completed the maiden flight of the fighter aircraft last month and several more trials would be completed before handing over to the Air Force. Officials said the induction of indigenous fighter aircraft would be an important step towards achieving self-reliance in the defense sector and the Prime Minister may also be invited on the occasion.

83 aircraft have been ordered

The LCA Mark 1A project was conceived after Prime Minister Narendra Modi took charge. An order worth Rs 48,000 crore has already been placed for 83 aircraft and another order worth Rs 65,000 crore is expected to be placed for 97 aircraft by the end of this financial year. Defense Ministry has already approved Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has issued a tender to purchase 97 indigenous fighter aircraft Tejas Mark 1A. This tender is the largest order ever placed by the Government of India for indigenous military equipment. In the order recently issued to HAL by the Defense Ministry, the company has been given three months time to respond.

MiG-21, MiG-23 and MiG-27 may be removed soon

Government officials had told ANI that the program aims to replace the Indian Air Force's fleet of MiG-21, MiG-23 and MiG-27 aircraft, which have either been phased out or will soon be phased out. will be given. , With the support of both the Defense Ministry and Air Headquarters, the indigenous fighter aircraft program is expected to significantly boost indigenization efforts and provide eco-business opportunities to small and medium enterprises engaged in the defense sector across the country. He said that the indigenous fighter aircraft programme, fully supported by the Ministry of Defense and Air Force Headquarters, will be a big boost to promote indigenization as well as give big business to small and medium enterprises engaged in the defense sector across the country.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is pushing for the revival of HAL, which has won orders to manufacture all types of indigenous fighter planes and helicopters, including engines, under his government. The Prime Minister also flew in the trainer version of the indigenous fighter aircraft, which was the first flight by an Indian Prime Minister in any fighter aircraft. Indian Air Force Chief VR Chaudhari had announced plans to purchase 97 more LCA Mark 1A fighter aircraft from the foreign soil of Spain.

Here are some of the major differences between the Mark-1A and its predecessor Mark-1:

Facility Mark-1 Mark-1A
aeronautics According digital
Radar mechanically scanned active electronically scanned
engine gas turbine gas turbine
Maximum speed 1.4 mac 1.6 mac
Category 2,000 km 3,000 km
Weapon air-to-air missiles, air-to-ground missiles, bombs, artillery air-to-air missiles, air-to-ground missiles, bombs, artillery

Know the features of Tejas' LCA Mk-1A
This is an upgraded version of Tejas aircraft. Many modern equipment are installed in it. Other features include radar warning receiver, jammer pod for self-defense, and more. This aircraft is the most accurate weapon for air-to-air, air-to-surface attacks. This aircraft is also light in weight. It will be made by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited only. It is the lightest and smallest multi-role supersonic combat aircraft in its category.

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