Finally, HAL has begun the process to build the first Tejas Mk.2
air force prototype, envisioned as a slightly larger but much more capable fighter than the floundering Tejas Mk.1. On November 19, HAL's Aircraft Research & Design Centre (ARDC) floated the first of many requirements for raw materials -- alloys and such -- for the first Tejas Mk.2 (first pictures
) prototype vehicle and other assemblies. More requirements will be put out over the next few weeks.
HAL is looking to put the Mk.2, powered by the
General Electric F414-GE-INS6 turbofan engine, into the air in 2014. The highly anticipated Mk.2 programme will cost at least $542.44-million (Rs 2431.55-crore), comprising full scale engineering development. The IAF has put down an official requirement
for 83 of the Mk.2s. Working on a detailed post on the Mk.2. No timeframe, though!