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Tejas Mark II will launch next year; high-speed trials in 2023: Madhavan, head of HAL | India News


NEW DELHI: A more powerful version of the indigenous Tejas multi-role fighter jet is expected to be launched next year with a much more powerful engine, greater payload capacity, a next-generation electronic warfare system and a range of superior avionics and his first high tech. Speed ​​tests will begin in 2023, said Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd President and Managing Director R Madhavan.
He said the structural package and other work on the Tejas Mark II is progressing well and production is likely to begin around 2025.
He said the upgraded version will have a larger airframe, longer range, better maintainability, higher load capacity, much stronger engine power, and superior network-centric warfare systems.
With an increase in range and payload capacity, Madhavan said the new variant will be far superior to the Texas Mark-IA, 73 of which are being purchased by the Indian Air Force from HAL under a deal. of 48 billion rupees that was approved by the government on January 13.
“The Texas Mark II is likely to be launched in August-September 2022, after the first flight takes some time. The first high-speed test of the aircraft will begin in 2023 and we expect production to begin around 2025.” Madhavan told PTI.
When asked about the Texas Mark II weapon package, Madhavan did not provide a direct answer, saying it will be decided at a later stage based on requirements and changing dynamics.
Tejas is a highly agile, single-engine, multifunction supersonic fighter manufactured by state-owned HAL.
The aircraft is a powerful platform for air combat and offensive air support with reconnaissance and anti-ship operations as secondary functions.
The Tejas Mk-1A will be equipped with an electronically active scan array radar, past visual range missiles, electronic warfare suite and air-to-air refueling system.
On the next generation Advanced Multifunctional Combat Aircraft (AMCA) project, HAL’s president and managing director said the goal was to implement the project within the framework of a special purpose vehicle that also involves private sector actors.
India is working on the fifth generation middleweight deep penetration fighter jet and the project is estimated to cost around USD 5 billion.
Madhavan said that the prototype of the aircraft is likely to be ready by 2026 and that its production could begin in 2030. He added that the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) was working on the deadlines for the project.
“It’s still in the initial design stage. We are trying to get into an SPV route where HAL and DRDO will be partners and we will try to bring in some private players, at least two. We want them (private players) to have a slight majority (stakes) to that it does not become a governmental entity, “he said.
Madhavan said the idea has been that private actors could have a 50.5 percent stake in the company to make it private, although there will be provisions for auditing by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).
“What we are planning to do is get the prototypes made by the HAL without going any SPV routes. Once we do that, we will ask them (private players) to join. They will have to put in at least Rs 2,500 crore. We will put in Rs 2,500 crore as an initial investment, “he said.
Madhavan suggested that the implementation of the project under the SPV route will reduce procedural delays.
The HAL President and Managing Director said the Rs 48,000 crore project will significantly boost the aerospace sector in India and will have a ripple effect on the implementation of several ambitious programs.
Madhavan said the Tejas Mark 1A aircraft has superior performance levels compared to China’s JF-17 fighter jet as it has a better engine, radar system and electronic warfare suit, as well as having an advantage in technology. general.

Times of India