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Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft

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According to certain sources from Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), the configuration for the fifth-generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) has been frozen and preliminary design completed. 

Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft

  • The AMCA is an aircraft program to produce fifth to sixth generation fighter aircrafts for the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy. 
  • Design: Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • The AMCA will have geometric stealth capability, different from material stealth feature.
  • Material stealth system uses radar to absorb the radio waves thus reducing the radar footprint.
  • In geometric stealth system, the aircraft is designed in such a way that there are certain angles in its design to deflect radar waves.
  • Hence, the aircraft will have low radar cross section. The chances of detecting the aircraft presence becomes minimal.
  • AMCA is a progression from the LCA Tejas. 

Aeronautical Development Agency

  • It is a Society under the Department of Defence Research and Development, Ministry of Defence.
  • Objective: To undertake, aid, promote, guide, manage, co-ordinate and execute research in aeronautical science, design and development of various types of aircraft and rotorcraft.
  • It was entrusted with the design and development of a multirole Light Combat Aircraft.
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