posted on Aug, 26 2005 @ 11:48 AM
Originally posted by emile
Someone said that model was designed from India. Is it correct? Who has the more details?
The very model is connected to the LCA's history :
If you know about the history of the Eurofighter, you will be aware of the turmoil with France joining and then being thrown out etc tec, suffice to
say that at one point it looked as if a UK only fighter would have to be produced, BAe proposed a private venture single engine light fighter which
the RAF weren't too keen on but BAe hoped to win them round and also take on the export market with their design which was the P.106. When the
project appeared to be gathering momentum within BAe it was noticed that the P.106 also seemed to meet the Indian LCA requirement perfectly and a
joint programme was investigated.
When Germany and Italy then decided to rejoin the UK in a new fighter programme the Govt insisted that BAe put its full weight behind the project and
the P.106 was virtually 'given' to India with BAe willing to act as a sort of 'consultant' while the 'main event' was obviously the Eurofighter
Typhoon as far as the UK was concerned.
Now obviously the Tejas owes nothing to this design except maybe its vaguest stats (size, weight, engine thrust etc)
This infact was later sold to Sweden after the apparent Indian rejection and served as the basis for the Gripen.
and a wind tunnel model of this was displayed at Aero India 2005 at the NAL stall (National Aerospace Labs, Bangalore) and i confirmed this from the
person at the stall ....it was amazing to also find a pic of this at the BR site in BR's coverage of Aero India '05 ...just found the pic at ACIG
HERE IS THE FULL LARGE SIZED IMAGE
The plane on the right is the cancelled HF-73 (only one prototype was built and flown)!!! ...West Germany wanted to later collaborate on it but
British lobbying/interference ensured the project was cancelled
The caption of this pic infact reads This confirms that at one of the early LCA concepts was a Gripen-esque canard-double-delta. Note the wing-tip
Magic-2 AAMs. Constructing the models themselves and the actual wing tunnel testing, are both expensive ventures, meaning that there must have been a
level of seriousness behind the design. The other model is that of the HAL HF-73.
Credits to waynos, for much of these details