Light Combat Aircraft (LCA)-Mk2

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Context

According to certain sources from Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), the configuration for the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA)-Mk2 has been frozen and steel cutting is expected to begin soon. 

Light Combat Aircraft (LCA)

  • The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) program was started with the intention to replace the ageing Mig 21 fighter planes.
  • Design : Aeronautical Development Agency, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • Manufactured by: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

Features:

  • It is a light, small and tailless multi-role supersonic fighter aircraft.
  • The LCA is designed to operate air-to-air, air-to-surface, precision-guided, weapons.
  • It is capable of Air-to-air refueling.
  • Up to payload 3,500 kg capacity.
  • Maximum speed: Mach 1.8.
  • Range: 3,000km

Variants of Tejas:

  • Tejas Trainer
  • LCA Navy
  • LCA Tejas Navy MK2
  • LCA Tejas Mk-1A

LCA-Mk2

Features: 

  • Enhanced range and endurance 
  • Onboard oxygen generation system
  •  1,350 mm longer
  • Max. payload: 6,500 kg

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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