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New 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 month.

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.

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