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 will replace aging Mig-21s in the Indian Air Force, and eventually Jaguars and Mirage 2000s. Initial operational capability was planned for 2002, but 2006 seems to be more likely. The Indian Air Force and Indian Navy plan to procure up to 200 single-seat LCAs to replace Mig-21s fleet. As of March 2007, the Indian Air Force had ordered a first batch of 20 Tejas and the aircraft was still undergoing initial operational clearance tests. The first order for 20 Mk 1 aircraft was placed in 2006. A second order for another 20 Mk1 jets expected in 2018. A third order for 83 Mk1A is in the works to be signed before 2020. Another order for 105 Mk 2 jets is expected to follow after 2025.
Number of Engines: 1 Dimensions Height: 4.40 meter (14.4 foot)
Length: 13.2 meter (43 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 23 millimeter
Wingspan: 8.20 meter (26.9 foot) Performance Ceiling: 15,250 meter (50,033 foot) Speed Top Speed at High Altitude: 565 mps (2,035 kph) Weight Empty Weight: 5,500 kilogram (12,125 pound)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 20,200 pound (9,163 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 12,000 kilogram (26,455 pound)
Payload: 4,000 kilogram (8,818 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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