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Indian Navy rules out deploying Tejas on carrier

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posted on Dec, 2 2016 @ 06:45 PM
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The Indian Navy has ruled out deploying the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft on the IAC Vikrant and future carriers. They cited that it was unable to meet the carrier needs, with it being overweight as the main reason. That means that they will have to turn to other carrier based aircraft built somewhere else. They're looking at replacing them in the next 5-6 years. They currently have MiG-29Ks that will operate from the Vikrant. They need a replacement aircraft in time for Vikrant to come online.


The navy has ruled out deploying indigenously built light combat aircraft Tejas on its aircraft carriers, saying it is “not being able to meet the requirements”.

Citing “overweight” as one of the reasons for ruling out Tejas for India’s aircraft carriers, Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of Naval Staff, said the navy is looking at procuring an alternative aircraft.

“As far as the carrier-based aircraft is concerned, we need it in a time line of the induction of the aircraft carrier. We have the MiG 29K, which operates from Vikramaditya and will operate from (indigenous aircraft carrier) IAC Vikrant.

www.hindustantimes.com...




posted on Dec, 2 2016 @ 07:07 PM
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Does India have any type of restrictions from buying us aircraft? Just curious as I see you've stated they're using Migs.
edit on 1222016 by Natas0114 because: Because I goofed.



posted on Dec, 2 2016 @ 07:29 PM
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a reply to: Natas0114

They have a "Made in India" transfer clause in any procurement. They recently bought Chinook and Apache helicopters, and a large buy of army equipment. Boeing is actually working on building an advanced factory to build F-18s at if they buy them.


RAB

posted on Dec, 3 2016 @ 07:38 AM
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Hmmm,

A light attack jet that's too heavy for carrier ops not the first time will not be the last.

To be honest HAI has maybe just started to understand the issue with the Tejas. As the Indian air force is going to update the other 60jags for another 20 years.

As for a Mig29 replacement, FA18 or maybe the Rafale M.

RAB



posted on Dec, 3 2016 @ 02:05 PM
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What it highlights is how hard it is to develop airframes. This program has its origins in the late 60's and this version became serious in the 80's.

They have a number o options and a bit of time as the CATOBAR carrier they are building wont be commissioned until 2018 and given that the USN is still working out the kinks of EMALS it may be a bit longer than that.

The F-18 may be an serious contender. Boeing may be willing to make the concessions as Zaphod noted that say Dessault cannot make with the Rafale. I do not see the IAF going Russian but who knows.

The other option is to accept other offsets and procure the F-35C or B



posted on Dec, 3 2016 @ 02:28 PM
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Vikrant is a STOBAR. The US Navy visited recently and said that it would probably be 10 years before it's finally operational. INS Vishal will be CATOBAR equipped, and probably have EMALS installed. It's going to be nuclear powered, using assistance from the US. It probably will be 2030 before that one sees service.



posted on Dec, 3 2016 @ 02:29 PM
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a reply to: FredT

Vikrant is a STOBAR. The US Navy visited recently and said that it would probably be 10 years before it's finally operational. INS Vishal will be CATOBAR equipped, and probably have EMALS installed. It's going to be nuclear powered, using assistance from the US. It probably will be 2030 before that one sees service.




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