Wednesday, January 05, 2011

PHOTOS: LCA Tejas Retrospective Part I

I will be in Bangalore on January 10 to cover the declaration of initial operational clearance on the LCA Tejas. In the run-up, am hoping to put out as many archival photos of the programme as I possibly can find in my archives, sourced from ADA, NAL, DRDO and HAL.

The photo used in the ad button on the top-left is by Kedar Karmarkar

11 comments :

Anonymous said...

wow from plastic model to real - 20 years of journey! in spite of the criticism its amazing as we started from the scratch.
hopefully after getting the experience the next big projects like amca would take much less time.

Anonymous said...

Shiv .
indiadefenseonline says india may purchase for 900 million for Javelin . so any idea appox how many javelin's india planned

satbir said...

the first pic shows it to have a cannard. Is it a hint to mk2.
Why do we need Javelin now? nag is ready.

sanu said...

what abt the flight happend yesterday?post some news on it.

nagarajan said...

satbir Nag is not portable missile it requires launch vehicle just like TOw. javlin is shoulder launched missile like milan

Aditya said...

@satbir: Javelin is a man portable missile. Nag ATGM doesn't have a man portable version yet, hence the Javelin procurement.

On topic: Perhaps the archive will contain hints as to what the Mark II version might look like?

Mr. Ra said...

Cheers to Tejas.

I think Tejas Mk2 will have similar but elongated and widened shape to have all the capacities enhanced in due proportions.

ArkAngel said...

Why would they put canards on a 1990 scale model, remove it from the mark 1, only to put it back on mark 2?

Gagan said...

That is not a canard, but the wing surface above the air intakes. That wing surface also plays a role in cutting out vortexes from the air intake.

That is what is sought to be displayed here in this model. This appears to be a wind tunnel model.

There was a canard version of the LCA that was tested in a wind tunnel, but that design was given up in favour of the present one. The current LCA configuration arose after getting the best possible combination of light weight, agile fighter.

Anonymous said...

I hope all Indian aircraft projects will be as successful as the LCA!

Anonymous said...

As successful as the LCA?

Don't you want India to be able to produce world class fighters?