Indigenous Fighter Aircraft’s New Assembly Facility will operate from the year 2022
The Assembly facility of Light Combat Aircraft, an indigenous fighter aircraft operating in the Indian Airforce will be operationalized from the year 2022. This facility is being manufactured on 35 acres. The facility will manufacture structural assemblies of an advanced variant of LCA Tejas Mk 1A. The main aim of building the facility is to deliver the LCA Tejas’s ordered 83 units on time. From the year 2022, 16 aircraft are expected from the assembly unit. At present there is an assembly facility exists in Bengaluru, Karnataka, where 10 to 12 units are being produced every year.
LCA Tejas Overview:
The Light Combat Aircraft is a single engine, delta wing, multi-role light weight category fighter designed and developed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The fourth generation aircraft is capable of carrying air to air, air to surface, precision guided, and standoff weaponry. Overall, 3500 kg warheads can be carried by aircraft while flying with supersonic speed. LCA Mk 1A is the advanced version of LCA Mk 1. The advanced version comprises enhancement of operational roles, combat ability, and maintainability along with the incorporation of AESA Radar, EW Suite, and BVR warfare. For Beyond Visual Range Warfare, Derby Missile and Astra Mk 1 missile is integrated with the jet. Astra Mk 1 is the weapon of choice of the Indian Airforce.
Tejas Mk 2:
Tejas Mk 2 is a multi-weight fighter aircraft that will replace the aging Mirage 2000. The initial designing work has been completed. The current Tejas version has a takeoff the capacity of 13.5 tonnes which will be enhanced to 17.5 tonnes in the Mk2 variant. The first flight of the variant is expected in the year 2022. Generally, it takes 5 to 6 years for an aircraft to be produced after the first flight.
New Transport aircraft for IAF to replace aging AVRO 748
Indian Airforce is planning to replace its age old AVRO 748 aircraft with a new fleet of aircraft. The Indian Airforce is on its way to sign a multi-billion deal for medium transport aircraft. Tata Advanced System Limited and Airbus Defence and Space will jointly work on the project in Aerospace Sector. The aircraft in consideration is C295.
The project will be completed under the Make in India campaign. Under which Airbus will deliver 16 aircraft in fly away condition and the rest 40 aircraft will be manufactured here in India by the Tata company. Along with AVROs, the C295s will be undertaking roles of AN-32 aircraft. AVROs was inducted into the Indian Airforce in the 1960s. After serving for more than half a century, the aircraft is now reached in a situation where more scope of modernization is not available. In the upcoming two years, Airbus will deliver 16 aircraft. TATA Advanced System Limited will manufacture the remaining aircraft in more than 8 years.
Journey of C295
The first flight of the aircraft was conducted in the year 1997. From the year 2001, the aircraft has served in the air force of various nations. Advanced and updated versions of the aircraft equipped with Airborne Early Warning and Control System, aircraft which can act as a gunship is available in the market. Which version will be acquired by the IAF? It is still not clear yet. Price Negotiations has been done in March 2019. Several sources are pretty much confident that the 6 units of the aircraft will be utilized by the Indian Coast Guard which also operated under the Ministry of Defence.
0.32 bore revolver by Ordnance Factory Board
Small Arms Factory, a Kanpur Based production unit of Ordnance Factory Board has launched a new state of the art 0.32 bore revolver. According to the officials, all the required tests have been done successfully. The range of the weapon is 50 meters.