Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Indian Navy’s Maiden Landing Of LCA Navy & MiG-29K Onboard INS Vikrant Critical To Combat Readiness

By Aritra Banerjee

The Indian Navy made a significant stride towards Aatma Nirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India) with the successful landing of the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Navy and the Russian-origin MiG-29K onboard the indigenous aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant. The achievement demonstrates India’s capability to design, develop, construct, and operate an IAC. The successful landings mark a major milestone in India’s push towards self-reliance in defence and aerospace and operational readiness.

MiG-29K landing on INS Vikrant

LCA Variants To Feature At Aero India 2023

The 14th edition of the biennial Aero India show, set to take place from 13-17 February at Yelahanka Air Force Station, will showcase India’s advancements in fixed-wing aviation. At the centre of the ‘India Pavilion,’ based on the ‘Fixed Wing Platform’ theme, will be a full-scale LCA-Tejas aircraft in its Final Operational Clearance (FOC) configuration. The pavilion will demonstrate the growth of India in developing an ecosystem for fixed-wing platforms, including various structural modules, simulators, and systems being produced by private partners.

LCA Navy in action from INS Vikrant

The show will also feature a section for ‘Defence Space and New Technologies,’ as well as a Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) section, providing insights into India’s growth in these sectors. The LCA-Tejas, a single-engine, lightweight, multi-role supersonic fighter, will be one of the star attractions. The aircraft features a quadruplex digital fly-by-wire Flight Control System (FCS), advanced composites for a high strength-to-weight ratio and low radar signatures, a glass cockpit, a zero-zero ejection seat, inflight refuelling probe, and jam-proof Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, among other state-of-the-art features.

LCA-Tejas has come a long way in its development and is available in Air Force fighter and twin-seater versions, as well as an LCA Navy fighter and twin-seater. Variants like the LCA Lead-in Fighter Trainer (LIFT) and MK-2 are in the works. Aero India provides a platform for national and international aerospace and defence companies to showcase their advanced products and explore business opportunities.

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