Saturday, 21 July 2012

India's Tejas fighter will not be ready for active service until at least 2015,







India's Tejas fighter will not be ready for active service until at least 2015, according to a new report in the India Times. 



The newspaper said the single-engine fighter, developed by the country's own Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, has achieved initial operational clearance (IOC) that certifies that it is airworthy.
The first 20 Tejas fighters will be powered by General Electric F404 engines, but this powerplant lacks the power necessary for the full range of combat missions the Tejas is expected to handle for the Indian Air Force and Navy.

The Indian Air Force and Navy are the only customers for the Tejas. Forecast International does not anticipate export orders for the aircraft.

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