Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Also Known As: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft
Parent System: AMCA
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2040
Maiden Flight: 2032
Total Production: ?
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Description: The Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) is a fifth generation combat aircraft developed by India's Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA). Externally the aircraft is a smaller copy of the US Air Force F/A-22 Raptor aircraft with internal weapons bay, six underwing pylons and two side pylons for navigation and targeting pods. The twin-engine AMCA is being developed as a multi-role stealth fighter with low radar and infrared signatures, supermaneuverability and supercruise speed. The aircraft can perform Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD), precision strike and maritime strike missions as well as air defense missions at close, medium and long ranges. The avionics package includes an active electronically scanned array (AESA), advanced sensors with data fusion and network-centric warfare capabilities. The AMCA early design phase was completed in early 2015 and may enter service by 2025. In February 2015 India cancelled an order for 126 Rafale aircraft from France under the MMRCA (Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft) program paving the way for the indigenously developed AMCA. As of 2017, the Indian Air Force plans call for the AMCA replacing the Mig-29, Mirage 2000 and Jaguar fleets by 2030.
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