Delhi, 07 July 2010
Naval Tejas Rolls Out
(Pic courtesy Mail Today)
HAL rolled out the naval
version of the LCA on 5 July with RM and CNS proudly looking on. The
naval version is a modified LCA with strict naval specifications - a
sturdier undercarriage to withstand hard landings on the flight
deck, a hook under the fuselage to latch on to an arrestor wire
spread across the deck (stops the aircraft within a few feet of
landing) and foldable wings for ease of stowage on the fight deck
and in the hangar below deck. The front fuselage has been 'dipped'
to have a better view of the deck while landing and taking off. It
is capable of take off using the ski jump.
The aircraft for the
time being will be powered by a US made GE F-404-IN20 engine till
such time as HAL can perfect its own engine. It has fly by wire
controls, state of art avionics, a glass cockpit and multi-mode
radar. Two versions single-seat and twin seat are being developed
for Indian naval flight strategy considerations. An air to air
refuelling pod will give it extended range and time on task
capabilities. The first flight of the aircarft is expected within a
The weapons package
includes a mounted twin barrelled 23mm canon besides air-to-surface
and air-to-air missiles.
The aircraft will be the
main weapon of the indigenous IAC1 and will also replace the Navy's
ageing Sea Harriers.