Naval HAL Tejas Mark 2,Naval Version of HAL Tejas Mark 2,Indian Navy
A prototype (NP-1) is currently under flight testing.The Indian Navy plans has a requirement for 40 or 50 Tejas to equip two front-line squadrons for the aircraft carriers INS Vikramaditya and INS Vikrant.
The Ministry of Defence had sanctioned US$542.44 million (Rs 2,431.55-crore) for ADA to develop the Indian Navy’s LCA Mk 2 (Navy) variant. The IAF is committed to procuring an initial 83 Tejas Mk 2s and the Indian Navy has expressed a firm requirement for 46 LCA Mk2 (Navy).
The Naval version of Hal Tejas will be Twin and Single seat carrier capable variants for the Indian navy.It will be equipped for carrier operation with ski-jump take-off and arrested landing. It will include strengthened airframe and landing gear and drooped nose for better cockpit vision.
The Mark 2 may feature an indigenously developed active electronically scanned array (AESA) fire control radar named Uttam. The Mk2 will also see the incorporation of a new electronic warfare suite which is being jointly developed with Israel.
The external stores capacity will be increased to 5,000 kg (which is 4,000 kg in Tejas Mk 1).
The Tejas Mk 2 Navy will have a length of 14.2 metres (1 metre more than that of the Tejas Mk 1, for incorporating a stretched nose section and a modified fuselage section aft of the cockpit for housing an expanded complement of mission avionics LRUs), height of 4.6 metres (as opposed to 4.4 metres of the Tejas Mk 1, to accommodate an enlarged vertical tail-section) and a wingspan of 8.2 metre, same as that of the Tejas Mk 1, however with an increased wing area.
The naval version will also equipped with a new electronic warfare suite which is being jointly developed with Israel.It will also have a new glass cockpit with larger 8×12 inch displays.The MK2 will have some 20-30% parts in common with the Mk1 and these parts are already in the production.
Engine ,Flight Testing and Entry
The Mark 2 will be powered by GE 414 engine which is very difficult to install and due to this reason the scheduled flight testing in 2018 is delayed to be by 2019 with an entry into service in 2022.
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