Hindustan LCA
1999
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Hindustan LCA

With the first flight of its Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) now put back to mid-1999, nearly four years after its roll-out, the program appears to be plagued with difficulties and delays and the target date of 2003 for first deliveries to the Indian Air Force looks increasingly over-optimistic.

See also: LCA at Bharat-Rakshak

Hindustan LCA


Specification 
 MODELLCA
 CREW1
 ENGINE1 x General Electric F404-GE-F2J3, 80.5kN
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight12500 kg27558 lb
    Empty weight5500 kg12125 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan8.2 m27 ft 11 in
    Length13.2 m43 ft 4 in
    Height4.4 m14 ft 5 in
    Wing area37.5 m2403.65 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed1700 km/h1056 mph
    Ceiling15200 m49850 ft
 ARMAMENT4000kg of weapons

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Hindustan LCAA three-view drawing (592 x 1032)

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ERNNY HITLER, 27.03.2015

IS THIS COPY OF X-13

ERNNY HITLER, 27.03.2015

IS THIS COPY OF X-13

Barry, 26.02.2015

Oh dear oh dear what an unmitigated disaster this plane has become. The Tedjas Mk I will not receive F.O.C. (full operational capability) much before 2017, almost 20 years after it first flew. The Indian Air Force is not over enamored with it and one feels if they had their way they wouldn't have it at all. The Indian navy are looking at developing the Mk II version for use on the INS Vikrant, but conservative estimates say that this will not be available much before the end of the next decade.

There is something palpaly wrong with Indian procurement.There was such angst caused when the French sold the Rafale to India in front of the Typhoon. Three years down the line and the Indians have not put their name to a contract - would you want this business?

Bandit Jsr, 09.10.2013

Everyone need not make everything. Eat French cheese, drink Itslian eine, fly American fighters!

theairbornebrat, 26.05.2013

What ever the outcome of this project may be, it's taken too damn long....

Paul Scott, 23.05.2013

Typical about India's trying to muddle through - they're too much like the UK

ABHISHEK SINGH, 22.04.2013

IT'S FOR THOSE WHO THINKS ITS AN USELESS AIRCRAFT. TEJAS HAS THE LATEST AVIONICS IN INDIAN AIR FORCE, IT CAN EVEN COMPETE WITH F16,18,15 AS IT'S RANGE IS MORE WITH LOW RADAR SIGNATURES MAKING IT ALMOST STEALTH.

Mike Robillard, 12.04.2012

I've spent 35 + years in the aviation industry 5 of which (2005 to 2010) in and around India's aerospace hub (Bangalore). I can safely say that neither the LCA nor any other 'national' program (NAL's included) stand any chance of really 'getting off the ground' commercially, or otherwise. Witness the cauvery engine fiasco that somehow continues to be funded...The word 'pointless' comes to mind.

, 21.06.2011

look

zhuma, 21.06.2011

it will be shot down before it can reach minimum target equiring range. and second it has russian avionics in which target equiring is based on tow on three steps.

, 21.06.2011

Hindustan LCA

Joe Kings, 06.04.2011

All aircraft made by Hindustan (HF-24 Marut and LCA) have the reputation of "FLYING CREMATORIUMS" and "WIDOW MAKERS" for Indian Air Force Pilots. Too many crashed and left IAF short of good combat experienced pilots.

Rohit Pattnaik, 22.08.2010

I think it is taking a lot of time because the technology is evolving at a rate higher than engineers in India can develop it..... and definitely if India plans to use these in large numbers they might put in a lot of effort just to make sure that its a nightmare for F-16s,18s and J-10s.......

Colonel Radhi Hashim, 19.05.2010

i ve flown this aircraft before just to test and found it's quite ok of course can't compare to F16 or what so ever much modern fighter jet. But with capable engineers, India could dev its own combat fleet or maybe now is successfully developing it.

Colonel Radhi Hashim, 19.05.2010

i ve flown this aircraft before just to test and found it's quite ok of course can't compare to F16 or what so ever much modern fighter jet. But with capable engineers, India could dev its own combat fleet or maybe now is successfully developing it.

don struke, 02.01.2010

I see it has a U.S. engine so I wonder what other non-India components it has?

paul scott, 15.10.2009

India's probably more capable of something better, but they may as well just keep buying western and Russian aircraft, if they can't sort this out sooner.

vinay mali, 16.08.2009

i think india should restart newly in devloping its own combat aircraft having capability of upgradation.....india has good fleet of engineers.... but our gov is still blind

Gurkee, 26.06.2009

LCA cannot compete the new jets, thats for sure.It has taken too much time to develop and i wonder if it will be ever flown in IAF's sqn..RIP

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