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Indigenous Carrier Borne Fighter Programme-Adrenaline Shot (Navy Version of Tejas)
Feb 17, 2015

The Indian Naval Aviation, Carrier borne aircraft development programme LCA (Navy) got an adrenaline shot recently. 

  • The first LCA (Navy) Fighter, Naval Prototype (NP2) made its maiden flight from HAL, Bangalore airport. 

  • The first flight profile was stitched together to enable a comprehensive look at aircraft systems and probe known areas of the flight envelope. 

  • The aircraft achieved all the planned flight test activity. 

  • The performance of the aircraft in its maiden flight was flawless and executed professionally by National Flight Test Centre. 

  • The design teams ensured that systems meet the stringent requirements of Carrier borne aircraft. 

  • The NP2 has been built with vision and foresight.

  • It addresses several systemic deficiencies observed whilst making progress on flight test of Naval Prototype 1.

  • It incorporates most avionic hardware components promised to Indian Navy. 

  • During design and build NP2 has been customized (Plug & Play) to incrementally accept modifications for Carrier Landing aids like Levcon Air Data Computer, Auto-throttle, External and Internal Angle of Attack lights. 

  • NP2 is the lead aircraft for arrestor hook integration, Derby Beyond visual Range missile and tactical data link. 

  • The earlier Naval Prototype aircraft NP1 is a Trainer configuration and had done the momentous ski jump launch on 20 December 2014 at the Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF) at Goa. 

  • India is only the third country in the world that has this kind of test facility and sixth to design an aircraft for aircraft carrier operations. 

The successful maiden flight of NP2 is a testimony to the tremendous efforts put in by Scientists and Engineers to enable flight of the first LCA Naval Fighter. With one Trainer and Fighter in its stable it can be stated that the indigenous Carrier Borne Fighter programme is making headway and acquiring momentum.


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