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Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas-Mk2: Relevance for UPSC Exam

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Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas-Mk2: Context

  • Recently the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) informed that the detailed design of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas-Mk2 is complete and Roll-out is planned next year.
    • The first flight of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas-Mk2 is expected to take place in early 2023.
    • The configuration for the fifth-generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) has been frozen and preliminary design completed.

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Light Combat Aircraft (LCA)-Mk2: Key Points

  • About LCA Tejas- Mk2: This is an improvement over the LCA Tejas-Mk1 with a higher thrust engine.
    • It is being designed by Aeronautical Development Agency under the Department of Defence Research and Development.
    • It is being manufactured by India’s state-owned HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited).
  • Capacity of LCA Tejas- Mk2: The LCA-Mk2 will be a heavier and much more capable aircraft than the current LCA variants.
    • The Mk2 is 1,350 mm longer featuring canards and can carry a payload of 6,500 kg compared to 3,500 kg the LCA can carry.
    • Mk2 will be powered by a more powerful GE-414 engine.
  • Features of the LCA Tejas- Mk2: The LCA Tejas-Mk2 has following key features-
    • The enhanced range and endurance
    • An onboard oxygen generation system (being integrated for the first time)
    • Integrated heavy weapons of the class of Scalp, Crystal Maze and Spice-2000

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Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA)- Key Points

  • About: Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) is a Society under the Department of Defence Research and Development, Ministry of Defence, Government of India.
  • Key Objective: To undertake, aid, promote, guide, manage, co-ordinate and execute research in aeronautical science, design and development of various types of aircraft and rotorcraft.
  • Organizational Structure: Minister of Defense is the President of the Society and its General Body.
    • The chairman of the DRDO is the Director-General of ADA. S/He also holds the post of the Chairman of its Governing Body.
  • Nodal agency for the Tejas Program: The LCA (Tejas Program) is being designed and developed with ADA as the nodal agency and with the participation of more than 100 work-centers spread all over the country.

 

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