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  • India prefers LCA to Overseas Purchase
    India prefers LCA to Overseas Purchase 16 May 2020
    One of world’s biggest arms importer India plans to abolish its $15 billion order to acquire foreign military aircraft bid. India plans to switch to locally-made fighter jets. India set up a tender to years ago and asked global companies to submit proposals to supply 114 combat aircraft. Indian air force is changing its plans to induct indigenously made Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas. Indian Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat said in an interview in New Delhi. It will ...
  • Final Tejas, First Flight
    Final Tejas, First Flight 18 March 2020
    Having an adventure full of problems and failures within the scope of the domestic aircraft production program, Tejas is on its way to be operational. LCA Tejas (Light Combat Aircraft), developed by indigenously, has left an important milestone behind. According to Indian officials, the platform is the SP-21 model, which is the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) standard. There are some improvements in this model compared to the predecessor LCA prototypes. These improvements include ...
  • 15-Year Development Process Concludes
    15-Year Development Process Concludes 11 November 2019
    India’s first indigenous beyond visual range air-to-air missile Astra is now finally ready for duty after 15  years of development. Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) of India expecting the Indian Air Force to initially order at least 200 missiles for its Sukhoi-30MKI jets. DRDO is trying to increase the current range of the missile from 110 kilometers to 160 kilometers. With a weight of 154 kg and a length of 3.57 meters, the Astra flies more than four times the ...
  • MBDA Signs Agreement with India
    MBDA Signs Agreement with India 20 September 2019
    MBDA, has signed an agreement with Bharat Dynamics Limited of India. The agreement involves the advanced short-range air-to-air missile (ASRAAM) and Mistral missiles, and covers final assembly, integration and testing, says MBDA. The ASRAAM will be used by New Delhi's fleet of Sepecat/Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) Jaguar ground attack jets. It will also see service with the Tejas Mk-1A, a combat-capable of the version of the Hawk Mk132 called Hawk-India, and the Sukhoi Su-30MKI. A...
  • India's Tejas Clears In-Flight Refuelling Barrier 7 September 2018
    Indian Tejas aircraft has successfully demonstrated the ability of air to air refuelling MK aircraft with an Ilyushin Il-78MKI tanker. Despite the recent milestone, the Aeronautical Development Agency's Tejas programme is still running behind schedule. As of 31 August, some 4,139 test flights had been completed since the single- engined type's debut in 2001. Aircraft manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) has so far delivered only nine Tejas Mk1s under a Mar...
  • Tejas misses deadline for being combat-ready
    Tejas misses deadline for being combat-ready 10 July 2018
    Indian indigenous Tejas fighter, developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) first approved in 1983, has missed yet another deadline to become fully combat-ready. Indian government had repeatedly declared over the last couple of years that the jet would get its final operational clearance (FOC) by June 2018.    But the single-engine Tejas is still far away from achieving the FOC. HAL is currently working on manufacturing 123 Tejas LCA for the IAF. Out of the...
  • Tejas Delayed Again
    Tejas Delayed Again 22 May 2018
    A new delay is on the agenda of the Tejas Mk1A plane developed by indigenously by India. The new demands of the Indian Air Force have caused a delay of aircraft. Another explanation for the delay made by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is that Tejas Mk 1A is required to have more advanced glass cockpit, a smart cockpit system, multifunctional displays and IFF systems. In particular, it is stated that the development of these systems in India with indigenous facilities c...
  • India to Equip Tejas with Bvraam
    India to Equip Tejas with Bvraam 16 May 2018
    The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, indigenously developed and manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics, will soon be equipped with Meteor-class beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) systems to enhance its capabilities, local news agencies reported. The Indian Air Force has ordered missiles required for 83 Mark 1A Tejas fighter jets.  The request for proposal (RFP) has been issued by the Indian Government. developed by MBDA, Meteor missiles can reach a ...
  • Tejas Test-fired Derby BVRAAM
    Tejas Test-fired Derby BVRAAM 1 May 2018
    India's Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) has successfully test-fired an Israeli-made Derby beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) from the firing range off the Goa coast, announced on 27 April in an official statement. Integration of Derby, a BVR class missile, is one of the major objectives of Final Operational Clearance (FOC) of LCA Tejas. 
  • Will Tejas Go To Waste?
    Will Tejas Go To Waste? 13 November 2017
    The Indian Air Force announced that they did not trust Tejas, the indigenous fighter aircraft produced by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. According to the article published in India Today, the service explained that Tejas was far behind the equivalent aircraft. India showed the JAS-39 of Sweden and the F-16 fighter of the United States in the category of equivalent aircraft. It was noted that Tejas was not sufficient to defend Indian skies, that it could not compete with its equivalents, ...
  • 'Astra' Test-fire by India
    'Astra' Test-fire by India 15 September 2017
    The Indian Air Force (IAF) test fired an Astra air-to-air missile from a Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jet over the Bay of Bengal on 14 September. A defence official announced that the missile targeted a pilotless target aircraft (PTA), demonstrating the repeatability, robustness and endurance capability of the Astra weapon system.  The 3,8-meter long missile can be integrated with Mirage-2000, MiG-29, Jaguar and Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) apart from Suk...
  • Delay on Tejas 10 August 2017
    Indian Ministry of Defence announced that there are delays in the Tejas Light Air Combat Aircraft Project of Indian Air Force. A total of 40 units were ordered in 2005 and four aircrafts delivered at the first stage. Delivery of aircraft which to be produced in two different configurations was planned for 2017-2018. After the elimination of the problems, the HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) company increased its annual production capacity from eight to 16 Tejas.
  • BVRAAM Test-fire on Tejas LCA
    BVRAAM Test-fire on Tejas LCA 16 May 2017
    India's Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) has successfully test-fired a Derby beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) at India's Interim Test Range at Chandipur, announced on 12 May in an official statement. Derby BVRAAM  launch was performed in 'lock-on after launch mode' and successfully destroyed its designated moving target. The test also verified the aircraft's avionics, fire-control radar, launchers and missile weapon d...
  • Second Production Line For 'Tejas'
    Second Production Line For 'Tejas' 16 February 2017
    Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar revealed on 14 February that a second production line for indigenious Tejas fighters. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited's single engine aircraft, developed to reduce dependency on foreign sources, entered service last year. Parrikar added that approximately $204 million investment has been approved for this project, aiming to boost the production of the indigenous fighter in order to meet the air force's requirements.
  • India chases another aircraft
    India chases another aircraft 4 January 2017
    India will stage a new competition for an indigenious fighter aircraft other than Tejas to be manufactured under 'Make in India' initiative. Indian Minister for Defence Manohar Parrikar explained that the competition would be for another single engine platform, and a decision was expected to be reached by the end of 2017.  India's choice of single-engine aircraft pushes F/A-18 and Rafale out of competition, leaving only Lockheed Martin's...
  • Delay in Projects Perturbed The Ministry
    Delay in Projects Perturbed The Ministry 30 November 2016
    India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) fell behind the schedule in 12 different projects according to a statement by Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 25 November. The average delay is reportedly five years in these programmes and due to technical challenges and unanticipated complexities. Delayed programmes include upgradation of Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Rustom-II medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (MALE UAV), an airborne early warn...
  • $10 Billion Purchase Approval in One Go
    $10 Billion Purchase Approval in One Go 9 November 2016
    Indian Government has cleared $10.04 billion fort he purchase of 83 Tejas Light Combat Aircraft in addition to the 40 platforms already on order, 15 Light Combat helicopters and 464 T-90 tanks. Tejas is being manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will cost around $7,5 billion; tanks will be purchased from Ordinance Factory for an approximate cost of $2,02 billion and the helicopters, $437 million.  The Tejas Mark1-A is an advanced aircraft, with a better radar, weapo...
  • India Seeks Tech Transfer
    India Seeks Tech Transfer 11 October 2016
    India invited international aircraft manufacturers to a global contest on 7 October to partner an Indian company in building a medium single-engine fighter aircraft. The Indian Air Force (IAF) is looking to replace the aging MiG-21 and MiG-27 fighter fleets. The main competitors are Saab’s Gripen E and Lockheed Martin’s latest F-16 Block 70, and already submitted their offers. Saab also offered assistance to the indigenous Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) development programme. I...
  • New Tejas Ready in 2021
    New Tejas Ready in 2021 6 October 2016
    India is developing an upgraded version of Tejas aircraft, called Tejas Mark1-A, with an estimated initial production date as 2021. The Tejas Mark1-A is an advanced aircraft, with a better radar, weapons and avionics. Designed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), aircraft utilize General Electric F404-GE-IN20 turbofan engine with an afterburner. The maximum take-off weight of the aircraft is 13,5 tonnes. It will also have a mid-air refuelling probe to enhance its endurance and operational ...
  • Indian ‘Tejas' to get operationa 19 May 2016
    The Indian Air Force (IAF) is going to replace its ageing fleet of MiG-21 and MiG-23 fighter aircraft with indigenous Tejas — a Light Combat Aircraft designed and developed by the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). Production of the Tejas aircraft has already commenced at HAL Bengaluru and the first squadron of the trainer LCA is expected to be formed by July 2016. The Tejas LCA is a supersonic, single-engine multirole light fighter aircraft, which has be...
  • Tejas’s Navy version successfully completes flight tests 17 May 2016
    India's Aeronautical Development Agency has made key progress in the development of the locally designed Light Combat Aircraft TEJAS Navy version. The two prototypes successfully undertook 33 sorties from the Indian Navy's  shore-based testing facility SBTF) at INS Hansa in the southwestern state of Goa. Two prototypes (NP1 & 2) had validated 'ski-jump' trials from the SBTF, which replicates an aircraft carrier deck. Agency authorities stated both prototypes - designe...
  • India and Sweden consider partnership over Tejas Upgrade 27 April 2016
    SAAB and HAL, The Swedish aerospace and defence company and Indian state-run aircraft maker Hindustan Aeronautics Limited are considering a partnership to collaborate on the upgraded version of the indigenously-developed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) dubbed Tejas Mark-IA. Saab delegation is currently in India to discuss the details. Saab will push for a government-to-government deal while Indian defence officials are in favour of a joint venture. The Tejas LCA is a supersonic,...
  • Did Sri Lanka give up from JF-17? I 23 April 2016
    Indian Media claimed that Sri Lanka has rejected  Pakistan's JF-17 and shows interest in India's LCA. According to Indian media Sri Lanka has expressed interest in purchasing India’s Light Combat Aircraft Tejas and had recently rejected Pakistan’s JF-17 aircraft. Sri Lanka was announced to be the first international customer of JF-17s.