LCA Tejas to be inducted into IAF soon

Monday, Feb 21 2011 IST

India’s Light Combat Aircraft  »Tejas », Initial Operational Clearance (IOC), is slated for induction into the Indian Air Force within the next few months, a top DRDO scientist said.

The Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) was the principal partner in the design and fabrication of LCA and its integration leading to flight testing.

The LCA had been designed and developed by a consortium of five aircraft research, design, production and product support organisations pooled by the Bengaluru-based Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) under the DRDO.

The Full Operational Clearance for the LCA is expected to be given during June next, Mr Gantayat Gouda, Scientist  »G » (Propulsion) at the Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification under the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) at Bengaluru, said.

The multi-role single-seat tactical aircraft, required to replace the ageing MiG 21s which had been the IAF’s mainstay since the 1970s, was being developed indigenously except the engine which had been procured from General Electric.

However, scientists at the Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) in Bengaluru were presently working on the indigenous  »Kaveri » engine for the LCA and the first LCA flight with this engine was expected in two years.  » The total integration in flight test is expected in five years,  » Mr Gouda said.



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