Skip to comments.Indian Navy's LCA set to roll out on Tuesday
Posted on 07/05/2010 10:16:28 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
India is all set to roll out its indigenous naval Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) facility in Bangalore on Tuesday, which will be witnessed by Defence Minister A K Antony.
The first indigenous naval Light Combat Aircraft the LCA (Navy) NP1 is scheduled to roll out from HAL Aircraft Research and Design Centre (ARDC) hangar on July 6, a Defence Minister official said here on Monday.
An important milestone for the naval programme of Bangalore-based Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), the aircraft would be brought out of the hanger where it was assembled part-by-part during the roll-out.
Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma will be the chief guest at the event. The aircraft is being readied for induction into the Navy and for deployment on board the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC), currently under construction at the Cochin Shipyard, by 2015.
Following the roll-out, the Naval LCA, with state-of-the-art technologies and punch, will be ready for the phase of systems integration tests leading to ground runs, taxi trials and flight trials.
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Is it a match for any of our aircraft?
It’s a low cost fighter meant to replace aircraft like the Mig-21/23/27. It’s about the same category as the Swedish Gripen, which is a more developed aircraft already in service. Got a lower payload than the F-16 but is pretty agile.
And it does have solid American connections through it’s FBW and its engine.
So I assume no match for our aircraft?
Was never really meant to be!!
In an age of 50+km guided missiles, that’s hard to say.
Looks like a Mirage. Interesting leading edge devices, and carrying AA-11 Archers.
...understood. You have to wonder why bother at all? Kind of like why any South American nation needs a navy beyond a coastal/customs force. It’s pointless.
Umm actually it is worth the effort even with delays.One,it is a boost for a country’s technology base.Two,there are several 1000s of Mig-21/23/F-5/Mirage variants around the world which need replacement and you dont need F-16s or rafales for that.Which is why countries like China and South Korea are developing low cost fighters.