MoD of India Statement About LCA Program

Released on Thursday, December 11, 2008
DRDO - Defense, Research and Development Organization
FSED - Full Scale Engineering Development
HAL - Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
LCA - Light Combat Aircraft
MBT - Main Battle Tank
MoD - Ministry of Defence
The Main Battle Tank (MBT) Arjun were not tampered during any trials. This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri Krishan Lal Balmiki and Shri Lalit Kishore Chaturvedi in Rajya Sabha today. Reliability trials have been carried out systematically by the army with successful results, he added. Shri Antony said the DRDO has not proposed any enquiry into the matter.

The Minister said Full Scale Engineering Development (FSED) Phase 1 for Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) was sanctioned in 1993 only Technology Development. Later in November 2001, FSED Phase 2 was sanctioned for manufacturing of additional prototypes and eight Limited Series Production Aircrafts. Decision was taken to change to Open System Architecture for Avionics and Change over to R73 E missile (from R60) to make the aircraft more advanced and contemporary. There are no other changes in the design. The project is progressing well and has completed more than 933 test flights successfully with seven aircrafts under flight test phase. Indian Air Force has already placed a commercial order on HAL for procuring 20 LCA aircrafts.

Shri Antony denied knowledge whether a lobby in the Army is in favour of the purchase for entire equipment for army from foreign countries.

Source: Tampering of equipment of MBT Arjun during trial

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