India's LCA-Navy Takes Off Tomorrow. Hopefully.

There have been way too many last minute aborts for this to sound certain in any way, but the LCA Navy is scheduled to finally make its first flight tomorrow at 10AM in Bangalore. The team, led by Commodore (Retd) C.D. Balaji is ready to put the aircraft into the air.

Approximately 18 months behind schedule, the maritime fighter programme has been beset with technological hurdles that the team has toiled to overcome. In February, the Defence Acquisition Council approved the manufacture of eight limited series production (LSP) LCA Navy platforms for the Indian Navy. The Navy, which supported the programme financially and otherwise, recently sounded pretty irritated with the delays.

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