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India’s ‘Tejas’ Mk-2 programme gets big boost, metal cutting commenced: ADA

Over 560 MSMEs and 5 Tier-I companies would be involved in this initiative, giving the scheme a big boost

In a big step towards improving the indigenous aircraft production capability of India, the LCA Tejas Mk.II design has neared the ending of Critical Design Review (CDR) stage. Adding a bigger boost to this project, this aircraft is expected to meet all the requirements listed by the Indian Air Force. The wind tunnel testing has been completed and metal cutting stage has commenced, said Dr. Girish Deodhare, project director at the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA).

Last year saw the conclusion of the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) stage of the design. The progress is noted to be faster and more effective than expected. As the CDR stage is nearing its end, HAL has issued vendor’s to supply raw materials for initial prototype construction. It is speculated that a majority of these vendors are the same who supplied materials towards the development of the Tejas Mk.1 variant. The technology incorporated in this variant would be a much mature and evolved know-how, which were developed during the R&D phase of Tejas Mk.1 and AMCA project.

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Recently, in another big milestone for the Indian aircraft manufacturing industry, the government of India cleared the long-awaited deal for 83 Tejas Mk.1 aircraft, which is worth ₹48,000 crores. The indigenous aircraft development programme, over the last few years has become much faster to recover from the pangs of delayed technology transfers from the 1980s.

The HAL Tejas MWF, or Medium Weight Fighter (MWF), is a planned single-engine, delta wing, multirole fighter designed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) in collaboration with Aircraft Research and Design Centre (ARDC) of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Indian Air Force. It is a further development of the HAL Tejas, or Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), programme which began in the 1980s to replace India’s ageing MiG-21 fighters. The Tejas Mk 2 is being designed to replace multiple strike fighters like the SEPECAT Jaguar, Dassault Mirage 2000 and MiG-29 that the Indian Air Force currently operates.