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Old December 3rd, 2016, 10:42 AM
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Indian navy rejects Tejas fighterjet as too heavy

The Navy has rejected the naval version of the indigenous Tejas light combat aircraft , holding that the "overweight" fighter cannot optimally operate from aircraft carriers, and is now looking to induct an alternative fighter from abroad in the next five to six years.

"We will continue to support Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) and Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) but the naval LCA in its present form unfortunately does not meet our qualitative requirements for carrier capability," said Admiral Sunil Lanba on Friday.

The single-engine Tejas, which is "too heavy", does not meet the "thrust-to-weight requirement to take off with a full fuel and arms load" from an aircraft carrier's deck. At present, the Navy has inducted over 30 of the 45 MiG-29K fighters acquired from Russia for $2 billion.

Both the MiG-29Ks and the naval Tejas were supposed to operate from the 44,400-tonne carrier INS Vikramaditya as well as the under-construction 40,000-tonne INS Vikrant, which will be ready by 2019-2020.
"In addition to MiG-29Ks, we now need an alternative aircraft to operate from these two carriers. If you look around the world, there are not too many options available and we need this carrier-capable aircraft sooner than later. So, I am looking at next five to six years," said Admiral Lanba.

While the IAF is going to get at least 120 Tejas, under the LCA project which was cleared way back in 1983, while the Navy was supposed to get around 50 of the indigenous fighters. In August this year, IAF finally inducted the first two Tejas fighters in the 45 "Flying Daggers" Squadron+ , which will be fully constituted with 20 jets only by 2018.

IAF had earlier ordered 40 Tejas jets, with the defence ministry in November giving the initial approval for procurement of another 83 Tejas Mark-1A fighters from HAL for Rs 50,025 crore. The Mark-1A version, which is the one IAF really wants, will be ready only by 2020 or so. It will have an AESA (active electronically scanned array) radar and advanced electronic warfare (EW) suite, as also be capable of mid-air refuelling and firing advanced BVR (beyond visual range) missiles.


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/i...w/55756350.cms
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Re: Indian navy rejects Tejas fighterjet as too heavy

So, the 'Light Combat Aircraft' isn't light at all.
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check the size of the landing gear on the NCLA. our engineers took the safe way out and made it extra strong to take the effect of landing on a carrier.
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Re: Indian navy rejects Tejas fighterjet as too heavy

The reason given does not seem to add up. Is the Tejas heavier than an Mig 29? I don't think so...
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The reason given does not seem to add up. Is the Tejas heavier than an Mig 29? I don't think so...
do not be so dumb. mig-29 is a twin engine and has higher thrust engines.
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Is this considered a major setback or routine call? It sounds like an obvious issue (not meeting required specs) and should have never been considered for Navy. Does this decision warrant a news story?
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Is this considered a major setback or routine call? It sounds like an obvious issue (not meeting required specs) and should have never been considered for Navy. Does this decision warrant a news story?
It is the final nail in the coffin. lets hope for a better N-LCA MK2

read on Key Avaiation forums that navy wanted MK2 and not MK1

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Is this considered a major setback or routine call? It sounds like an obvious issue (not meeting required specs) and should have never been considered for Navy. Does this decision warrant a news story?
I think the story here is that the two branches of defence have some dirty laundry to wash. I would wish it was not aired in public - for some people will portray it as a major setback with the connotation of rejecting indigenous technology.
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