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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(N) Mk1 is an advanced twin-engine variant of the LCA fighter aircraft specially tailored for operations from aircraft carriers. The LCA(N) Mk1 leverages the technologies and engineering solutions developed under the LCA Navy technology demonstrator program. The Indian Navy expects to get the first twin-engine fighter aircraft by 2026.
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