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  • 30 Years In The Making, Tejas Joins Air Force. A Very Big Step. (India)

    07/01/2016 4:31:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    NDTV ^ | July 01, 2016 | Vishnu Som
    New Delhi: It's been almost every Air Chief's favourite whipping boy - an Indian-built fighter jet delayed so inordinately that it came to be seen as a promise that would never be kept. But three decades after the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft went into development, there is a grudging acceptance that the fighter officially inducted into the Air Force this morning in Bengaluru is, in many ways, world-class. While the delay in delivery cannot be justified, there have been fierce debates on why that happened. State-run Hindustan Aeronautics or HAL, which is the lead player in the Tejas project, says...
  • India's homegrown Tejas fighter sparks interest in Egypt, Sri Lanka

    04/18/2016 6:31:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Press Trust of India ^ | Apr 18, 2016
    New Delhi: India's Light Combat Aircraft Tejas, which was several years in the making, has now caught the attention of foreign buyers, with Sri Lanka and Egypt evincing interest in the indigenously built fighter jet. Sri Lanka had recently rejected Pakistan's JF-17 aircraft built with Chinese help, while Egypt had last year signed a contract for 24 French-made Rafale fighter jets. The two countries are interested in the current version of the Tejas and not the upgraded one which will be rolled out later. However, state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the manufacturer of Tejas, is focusing on delivering the aircraft...
  • Cutting-edge Israeli radar wins air force approval for Tejas fighter

    10/27/2015 5:38:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Business Standard ^ | October 25, 2015 | Ajai Shukla
    The Indian Air Force (IAF), after years of opposing the indigenous Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA), now accepts it is on track to be a world-class light fighter. The specifications of the new Tejas - termed Standard of Preparation-2018 (SoP-18) - were agreed in New Delhi on September 23, between the air force and the Tejas' designers and manufacturers. One hundred SoP-18 Tejas fighters will join the IAF, starting 2018-19. The key battle-winning capability in the SoP-18 Tejas is "active electronically scanned array" (AESA) radar that Israel will develop jointly with India. This was the clincher that made the IAF...
  • Exclusive: Modi pushes "obsolete" made-in-India plane on reluctant military

    10/07/2015 2:41:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Oct 7, 2015 | SANJEEV MIGLANI AND TOMMY WILKES
    The government has turned down the military's request to expand the acquisition of 36 fighter planes from Dassault Aviation SA to plug vital gaps, officials said, nudging it to accept an indigenous combat plane 32 years in the making. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision, in line with his Make-in-India policy to encourage domestic industry, is a blow for not only the French manufacturer but also others circling over the Indian military aviation market worth billions of dollars. The push for India's struggling Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA) also comes at a time when the air force is at its weakest...
  • India's Tejas and China's Xiaolong Fighters Compared

    05/07/2015 8:38:19 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 05/06/2015 | Want China Times
    An article in Sina's Chinese-language military news web portal compared the abilities of India's HAL Tejas Light Combat Aircraft and the FC-1 Xiaolong/JF-17 Thunder developed jointly by China and Pakistan. Overview of the Aircraft The HAL Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) was named by former Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The development plan was approved by the Indian government in 1983. The government's requirements for the Tejas were to develop an all-weather supersonic LCA which could replace the MiG-21. Its main mission is to fight for control of airspace and to offer short-range support. The development of the Tejas...
  • Light Combat Aircraft: Need for course correction (India)

    12/15/2014 8:51:27 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    StratPost ^ | December 8, 2014 | Air Marshal M Matheswaran (retired)
    Every major power – and there are just a handful of them – have the capability to aspire to design, develop and manufacture fighter aircraft by themselves. Now, ideally, this would include all critical technologies – aero-engines, aircraft design, metallurgy, radar, sensors and weapons. However, very few countries have mastery and control in all these areas; the early birds or leaders – USA, Russia, UK and France are closely followed by Germany, Japan, Italy and Sweden. Aspirants after the Second World War included Argentina, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Israel, Iran, South Korea and Taiwan, of which only a few...
  • Tejas Mk-II Preliminary Design to be Out Next Month

    02/16/2014 9:37:59 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The New Indian Express ^ | 17th February 2014 | Anantha Krishnan M
    The Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) is giving the final touches to the preliminary design of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas Mk-II, scheduled to be completed by the end of March. An official confirmed to Express on Saturday that the detailed design phase of LCA Mk-2 would begin in the second quarter of 2014. A separate project team from ADA and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), dedicated to the upgraded version, is currently undertaking daily reviews to get the first cut of the design out by next month. The main scope of Tejas Mk-2 programme is to have the engine changed...
  • IAF will buy 14 Tejas squadrons, lowering costs

    02/11/2014 5:27:49 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Business Standard ^ | February 11, 2014 | Ajai Shukla
    India’s own fighter, the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), is playing a growing role in protecting Indian airspace. On December 20, when the Tejas was cleared for operational service in the Indian Air Force (IAF), Defence Minister A K Antony declared 200 Tejas fighters would eventually enter combat service. Today, that figure quietly swelled to well above 300, with the government indicating the IAF would have at least 14 Tejas squadrons. Each IAF combat squadron has 21 fighter aircraft; 14 squadrons add to 294 Tejas fighters. The 21 comprise 16 frontline, single-seat fighters, two twin-seat trainers and three reserve aircraft...
  • The Tejas fighter's role in war

    12/29/2013 11:42:22 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Business Standard ^ | December 28, 2013 | Ajai Shukla
    On December 20, the Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA) obtained Initial Operational Clearance (IOC), entering the Indian Air Force (IAF) fleet where regular air force pilots will fly it. After 28 years of development, the Tejas is on course to obtain its Final Operational Clearance (FOC) by end-2014, clearing it for full combat. Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) is building forty Tejas fighters for two IAF squadrons. Questions are rightly raised about what combat role the Tejas could play, given that its specifications were framed decades ago. Sceptics argue that a fighter so light, with such a short operating range, would...
  • India test-flies naval version of Light Combat Aircraft

    04/27/2012 12:20:11 PM PDT · by ravager · 3 replies
    Economic Times ^ | 27 Apr, 2012, 06.40PM IST
    BANGALORE: India on Friday conducted the maiden flight of the naval version of its Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) over this tech hub under a partially cloudy sky. "With the successful maiden flight of the LCA's naval version, India has joined another elite club of countries capable of design, development, manufacture and testing of fourth generation carrier borne fly-by-wire ski take off but arrested recovery (Stobar) aircraft," defence minister's scientific advisor V.K. Saraswat said here. The test sortie of the LCA naval prototype (NP-1) was conducted for about 20 minutes by Air Commodore T.A. Maolankar with Wing Commander Maltesh Prabhu as...
  • Perry tells NH no to border fence

    09/03/2011 1:35:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 742 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9/3/11 | Steve Peoples - ap
    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry says he opposes a fence along the U.S. border with Mexico. Speaking to hundreds of New Hampshire voters at a private reception Saturday afternoon, the Texas governor says a fence would be ineffective and take too long to build. The comments, which produced one angry shout, expose a rift with some conservative voters over Perry's immigration record. Tea party activists in Texas have been particularly upset by his steady opposition to the fence. He also signed a law giving illegal immigrants in-state tuition for Texas universities.
  • Designers insist Tejas will belie all sceptical questioning

    04/03/2011 9:02:23 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Business Standard ^ | April 04, 2011 | Ajai Shukla
    Designers insist Tejas will belie all sceptical questioning Ajai Shukla / Bangalore April 04, 2011, 0:22 IST With the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) entering service with Indian Air Force squadrons, the designers of this indigenous fighter have explained why they believe this will be the world’s premier light fighter. The Tejas Mark-II, to be developed by 2014 and roll off production lines by 2018, will perform 40 per cent better than the current fighter. After which would come the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft, the AMCA, which the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) says will be a “fifth-generation plus”...
  • Roadmap revealed for Medium Combat Aircraft

    02/10/2011 6:54:08 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1+ views
    Flight Global ^ | 2/11/2011 | Greg Waldron
    The head of India's Aeronautical Development Agency yesterday revealed key details of the roadmap for development of the proposed indigenous medium combat aircraft (MCA) in an interview with Flight Daily News. ADA will complete a feasibility study on the MCA by the end of 2011. The study will be submitted to the Indian government and air force, and discuss key aspects of the programme, says PS Subramanyam, programme director at the ADA. The study will consider several areas: the number of MCA prototypes, prototype timelines, funding, and production schedules for the final aircraft. "The MCA will be in flight trials...
  • Troubled Tejas edges toward service

    01/28/2011 6:37:04 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Flight International ^ | 01/02/11 | Greg Waldron
    Troubled Tejas edges toward service By Greg Waldron India's Tejas light combat aircraft is about to enter service more than two decades after it was conceived to replace the country's ageing MiG-21s Few of the aircraft that will perform at Aero India have inspired as much opprobrium - or pride - as Hindustan Aeronautics' Tejas light combat aircraft. After an agonising development process, the long-delayed fighter is finally approaching Indian air force service. Throughout its long history, the Tejas has had no shortage of critics, but if all the Tejas models that adorn the offices of India's aerospace industry mean...
  • Turbulence ahead for Indian fighter jet: analysts

    01/20/2011 8:18:46 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    AFP via Google News ^ | 1/20/2011 | AFP via Google News
    India's homegrown fighter jet, the Tejas, has finally been cleared for operations but analysts say any celebration of India's entry into an elite club of military hardware producers is premature. Initial operational approval for the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) has taken 26 years -- the result of endless developmental delays, technological hiccups and massive cost overruns. First conceived as a direct replacement for the Indian Air Force's (IAF) ageing fleet of Russian-made MiG-21s -- tagged "flying coffins" for their abysmal safety record -- the LCA was hyped as a milestone in India's bid to reduce its dependency on military...
  • LCA Tejas Falls Short of Earlier Expectations

    11/24/2010 8:38:19 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies ^ | Nov 24, 2010
    LCA Tejas Falls Short of Earlier Expectations Nov 24, 2010 By Asia-Pacific Staff New Delhi As India’s homegrown Light Combat Aircraft (LCA Tejas) nears critical initial operational clearance next month, Indian air force officials say the aircraft will fail to meet performance requirements laid down by the service for the limited-profile Mk.1 platform. According to an Indian air force source associated with the long-delayed indigenous fighter program, when the Tejas passes this milestone in December, it still will not be the fighter the air force had agreed to accept for limited squadron service. Performance specifications that the Aeronautical Development Agency...
  • Eurojet pips GE in LCA engine bid

    09/19/2010 8:10:26 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Business Standard ^ | September 20, 2010 | Ajai Shukla
    Eurojet pips GE in LCA engine bid Ajai Shukla New Delhi September 20, 2010, 23:35 IST Europe has an edge over the US in the tightly-fought contest to sell India a next-generation engine for the homegrown Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA). Informed sources have told Business Standard that when the bids were opened last week, European consortium Eurojet bid $666 million for 99 EJ200 engines, against US rival General Electric, which quoted $822 million. Both engines had been earlier adjudged technically suitable to power the Tejas Mark-II. Therefore, according to the ministry of defence’s procurement rules, the vendor offering the...
  • U.S. Industry Hit By LCA Clearance Problem

    05/18/2010 5:45:20 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies · 443+ views ^ | May 17, 2010
    U.S. Industry Hit By LCA Clearance Problem May 17, 2010 By Staff Correspondent NEW DELHI India is turning to Europe for support of the naval version of its Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), after its initial choice of the U.S. was stymied by an inability to gain the requisite approvals from Washington. India selected Lockheed Martin as the winner of a bid for consultancy work on its naval LCA, but failure to secure U.S. State Department licensing approvals — at least in a timely fashion — now has resulted in EADS being in negotiation for the work. This is not the...
  • India's Tejas fighter test-fires first missile

    10/26/2007 8:38:44 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies · 1,253+ views
    The Hindu ^ | Friday, Oct 26, 2007 | Ravi Sharma
    Tejas crosses milestone, test-fires combat missile Ravi Sharma * Not an accuracy test, there being no target * Achieved against heavy odds BANGALORE: The programme to weaponise the indigenous fly-by-wire Light Combat Aircraft Tejas crossed a major milestone on Thursday with a close air combat missile being flawlessly test-fired from the aircraft. Taking off from INS Hansa, the Naval air station in Vasco (Goa), Prototype Vehicle 1 piloted by the Chief Test Pilot of the National Flight Test Centre Group Captain N Harish, reached an altitude of 6.5 km and a speed of 0.6 mach before the R73 E Russian-made...
  • First squadron of 'Tejas' fighters to be deployed in south India

    05/23/2007 9:57:07 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies · 886+ views
    Asian News International (ANI) ^ | May 23,2007 | Sudhakar Jagdish
    First squadron of LCA 'Tejas' to be placed down south By ANI Wednesday May 23, 04:41 PM By Sudhakar Jagdish New Delhi, May 23 (ANI): The first squadron of the indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) named Tejas will be deployed down south in Tamil Nadu, when the first batch of the 20 fighter aircrafts are expected to be inducted by the Indian Air Force (IAF) in 2009-2010. The IAF is zeroing on three places Thanjavur , Sulur and Tiruchirapalli for its possible deployment highlighting the new strategic concerns in Indian establishment 's regarding country's security, particularly with the growing...
  • Leave Racism Charges Out of Immigration Debate

    08/31/2006 4:21:58 AM PDT · by peyton randolph · 26 replies · 589+ views
    RealClear Politics ^ | 08/31/2006 | Mark Davis
    -snip- All who oppose laws cracking down on illegals must purge all baseless, slanderous reflex cries of racism from their arguments. I know that the vast majority of illegals in America are from Latin America. But in many places (like Farmers Branch, for example), so are the vast majority of law-abiding, English-speaking immigrants who are part of what make their communities and our country great. They are welcomed with open arms by Mr. Barletta, Mr. O'Hare and all of us who want tougher immigration laws. This is not racial. It is behavioral. And as long as the federal status quo,...
  • Bush stresses guest worker plan in Fox chat

    03/31/2006 3:01:07 AM PST · by peyton randolph · 22 replies · 625+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 03/31/06 | G. ROBERT HILLMAN
    ... "The main message should be to get along," said Lorena Tule, a 16-year-old immigrant from Guanajuato, Mexico, who walked out of a Dallas high school Monday to protest the fence proposal. "We definitely need a path to legalization for those who are here," she said. "President Bush needs to be clear about that with President Fox."... "I don't believe somebody should be allowed to come into our country and get ahead of the line, the citizenship line," Mr. Bush said Thursday, with Mr. Fox at his side. "I think a program that will work is somebody working on a...
  • Was Texas built on ethnic cleansing?

    11/21/2005 9:47:06 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 72 replies · 1,757+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | November 20, 2005 | Mike Cox
    Was Texas built on ethnic cleansing? Assertions in book by an Oklahoma history professor might rile proud Texans. By Mike Cox SPECIAL TO THE AMERICAN-STATESMAN Sunday, November 20, 2005 Last summer, while I was visiting my bookseller friend Felton Cochran in his San Angelo bookstore, he picked up a copy of the fall University of Oklahoma Press catalog and with clear disdain showed me a blood red photograph of a Comanche chief wearing a U.S. Cavalry hat with a star on its crown. The "X" in the word "Texas" had been superimposed over the Indian's face in red ink. "Have...
  • Over 200 show up for San Jacinto battle Battle re-enactment cancelled due to weather

    04/24/2004 9:40:11 PM PDT · by weegee · 8 replies · 304+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 24, 2004, 9:51PM | By JEANNIE KEVER
    For all of her secret life as the wife of a soldier in Santa Anna's army, Patty Tristan has tried to adhere to one policy. No camping in the mud. There was no such luck this weekend, when Tristan and more than 200 other people gathered at San Jacinto Battleground State Historical Park to recreate the 1836 victory that gave Texas its independence from Mexico. The battle re-enactment was cancelled after a thunderstorm Saturday morning was capped by a lightning strike to the 570-foot tall monument in the middle of the park. Lightning, static electricity and 100 pounds of black...
  • The battle that Disney slights (San Jacinto and "The Alamo" history)

    04/11/2004 1:01:18 PM PDT · by weegee · 4 replies · 373+ views
    Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle ^ | April 10, 2004, 8:39PM | By RICK CASEY
    Let's state this simply: If it weren't for San Jacinto, The Alamo would not be drawing crowds this weekend. In fact, nobody would remember the Alamo. Yet compared to the Alamo, San Jacinto is the Rodney Dangerfield of battlefield sites. The $100 million epic now at the theaters does conclude by showing Sam Houston's victory over Santa Anna seven weeks after the slaughter in San Antonio. But the movie doesn't bother to mention the venue. If Sam Houston and his men had lost at San Jacinto, the Alamo would be a footnote in Mexican history books. The victory at San...
  • Alamo manager sacked

    02/25/2004 9:06:02 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 37 replies · 437+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 02/25/2004 | Amy Dorsett
    Carter, a DRT member, ran the shrine's $5.2-million budget and 86 employees. The daughters aren't behaving very sisterly. Custodian of the Alamo for 99 years, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas is a group of women whose politics can be as contentious as the 1836 battle that led to the fall of the Shrine of Texas Liberty. Last week, it unceremoniously fired one of its most active and visible volunteers. Kathleen Carter, the DRT's face at the Alamo since May 2001, was relieved of her position as chairwoman of the Alamo Committee on Friday after a meeting of the...
  • Mein Gott! America is the new Germany

    06/20/2003 4:27:04 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 223 replies · 5,612+ views
    The Times (U.K.) ^ | 06/21/03 | Matthew Parris
    Germans are America’s big ethnic secret. No people and no culture has contributed more to what the United States is and is becoming. In the nation’s ethnic tangle, no root runs deeper than German America. As a scattered community only fitfully conscious of its own existence, none has more successfully pursued wealth, power and intellectual influence. And as a philosophical force in US politics — a whole political mindset — none has greater potency. Germany as a European state may have lost her way, the German language may struggle to keep its world grip, but the German spirit is alive...
  • It's litter in any language - "Don't Mess with Texas" being revised to target young Hispanic men

    12/06/2002 4:52:56 AM PST · by MeekOneGOP · 14 replies · 512+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | December 6, 2002 | By KIMBERLY DURNAN / Dallas Web sites
    It's litter in any language 12/06/2002 By KIMBERLY DURNAN / Dallas Web sites The popular "Don't Mess With Texas" anti-litter campaign hangs its hat on Texas pride and the state's rough-and-tumble image, but translated into Spanish, the famous phrase loses its kick. A state-funded survey showed that some Texas Hispanics who spoke only Spanish or were bilingual did not associate anti-littering with the phrase "Don't Mess With Texas." The survey revealed that young, Hispanic men admitted being the biggest litterbugs. "There are certain phrases that don't make sense in another language," said Darah Waldrip, spokeswoman for the campaign. "The...