LCA Navy Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2018 Maiden Flight: 27 April 2012 Total Production: 40 Origin:India Corporations: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
Parent System:Tejas Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1 July 2016 Maiden Flight: 4 January 2001 Total Production: 220 Family Members:LCA Trainer and Tejas
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Description: The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) has been developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to meet the requirements of the Air Force of India as a front-line multi-role fighter through 2020. It features a tailless, single-seat, single-engine, delta-wing configuration for enhanced maneuverability as well as short takeoff and landing. It will be able to accommodate air-to-air and air-to-surface weapons. The LCA weapon system leans on seven hard points, three below each wing and one inner hard point. Each hard point can carry a variety of bombs, missiles, and rocket launchers to perform air-to-air and air-to-surface missions. The aircraft sensors are fully compatible with beyond visual range air-to-air missiles and additionally it can be equipped with electronic warfare payloads and other equipment.
The LCA Navy aircraft is a variant of Tejas/LCA multirole aircraft intended for use aboard aircraft carrier. This aircraft is being designed to operate through ski-jump for taking off operations and arrested landing with the nose drooped for better cockpit vision. Among aerodynamics improvements are fore planes to reduce landing speed. In addition, the fuselage and undercarriage will be strengthened as a result of that the weapons payload will cut to 3,500 kg. The LCA Navy aircraft future remains uncertain due to the recent purchase of Russian Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier along with an undisclosed number of Mig-29K carrier-based multi-role aircraft. In February 2017 the Indian Navy opened a tender for 57 carrier-based jets cancelling thus the development of the navalized version of the Tejas aircraft.