Skip to comments.Light Combat Aircraft’s naval variant to be ready by May
Posted on 02/10/2011 6:59:59 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
The first flight of the naval version of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) is expected to take place by May this year.
The Naval Prototype-1 (NPT1), which was rolled out last year, is undergoing integration tests in Bangalore.
Cmde (Retd) CD Balaji, project director LCA Navy, said integration tests are on and the aircraft is currently suspended on bungee cords for undergoing a series of tests.
Following this, the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), the nodal agency for the design and development of the LCA programme, is expected to start the aircraft engine for testing.
A series of ground tests followed by taxi trails will precede the first flight which is expected in May.
As part of the Aircraft Carrier Capability Testing (CCT), ADA will also have to carry trails at the Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF) which is currently being built at the Naval Air Station in Goa.
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It does look a little short, a naval “Noisy Cricket”?
Personally I think smaller and more plentiful is the future.
That’s not the Indian LCA-that’s a Czech advanced jet trainer called the L-159. Also designated as Advanced Light Combat Aircraft (ALCA).
Reminds me of these... from Charlie Sheen's Hot Shots jet ride.
Strangle enough, they were real jet fighters ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folland_Gnat ) and "Serving primarily with the Indian Air Force, the Gnat is credited by many independent and Indian sources to have shot down seven Pakistani Canadair Sabres (licence-built F-86s) in the 1965 war [with Pakistan]."
Here is one... that did the deed
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