The arrangement for the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA)-Mk2 has remained frozen and steel cutting is expected to begin soon while arrangement for the fifth-generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) has been frozen and preliminary design developed, a senior scientist from the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) has said.
“The detailed design is finished. In fact, we are in the critical design review stage and metal cutting should begin very quickly.
Director, ADA, said
- The Roll-out of the aircraft (Mk2) is prepared for next year and the first flight is in early 2023. We are well on track to achieve these goals,” Girish S. Deodhare, Programme Director (Combat Aircraft) & Director, ADA, said at an event by the Centre for Air Power Studies and Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers.
The aircraft features enhanced range and endurance including an onboard oxygen generation system, which is happening integrated for the first time, Dr. Deodhare said.
Large weapons of the class of Scalp, Crystal Maze, and Spice-2000 will also be integrated on the Mk2.
The LCA-Mk2 will be a larger and much more powerful aircraft than the current LCA variants.
The Mk2 is 1,350 mm longer featuring canards and can transfer a payload of 6,500 kg compared to the 3,500 kg the LCA can carry.
In February, the Defence Ministry signed a ₹48,000-crore deal with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.
(HAL) to supply 83 LCA-Mk1A to the Indian Air Force.
In August, the HAL signed a $716 million deal with GE Aviation of the U.S. for 99 F404 aircraft engines and support services to power the Mk-1A. The Mk2 will be powered by a more powerful GE-414 engine.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has one squadron of the LCA in initial operational clearance and deliveries of the second squadron in final operational clearance configuration are underway.
The HAL has previously set up a second assembly line to ramp up production from eight aircraft a year to 16. Order for 83 Mk-1A is expected to be completed by 2028-29, Dr. Deodhare said.
- Declaring that the initial design of the AMCA was begun way back in 2009, Dr. Deodhare said that it would be a twin-engine stealth aircraft with an internal weapons bay and a diverter lets supersonic intake, which has been developed for the first time for which the design is finished.
It will be a 25-tonne aircraft with an internal position of 1,500 kg of payload and a 5,500-kg external payload with 6,500 kg of internal fuel.
On the current status of the AMCA, Dr. Deodhare said the configuration had been frozen, preliminary service quality demands finalized and preliminary design review completed.
roll-out planned in 2024 and first flight planned in 2025.”
“We are going to critical design review by the middle of next year with the roll-out planned in 2024 and first flight planned in 2025.”
The AMCA will have stealth and non-stealth configuration and will be developed in two phases, AMCA Mk1 with an existing GE414 engine and an AMCA Mk2 with an advanced, more powerful engine to be developed later along with a foreign partner, Dr. Deodhare added.
Manufacturing and production of the aircraft
The manufacturing and production of the aircraft will be through a special purpose vehicle, which will also have the participation of private industry.
Simultaneously, the project for the growth of a twin-engine deck-based fighter jet meant to fly from the Navy’s aircraft carriers is also making progress.
On the various programs underway, Dr. Deodhare told me there was a commonality of systems and technologies.
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source: The Hindu