In­dian fifth-gen fighter model to de­but at Aero In­dia


The aero­space com­mu­nity will get its first ever glimpse of what the mod­i­fied In­dian ver­sion of the Rus­sian PAK FA looks like at Aero In­dia, with HAL plan­ning to un­veil a model of the Prospec­tive Mul­ti­role Fighter (the of­fi­cial name of the In­dian ver­sion of the Sukhoi T-50 fifth­gen­er­a­tion fighter air­craft pro­to­type). HAL has al­ready built a wind-tun­nel model of the air­craft—a sin­gle-seat vari­ant with mi­nor mod­i­fi­ca­tions. “For the first time, we will present to the world glimpses of prospec­tive multi-role fighter (PMF) also known as fifth-gen­er­a­tion fighter air­craft (FGFA). This is un­der co-devel­op­ment with the Rus­sians”, says HAL Chair­man Dr R.K. Tyagi. Ac­cord­ing to HAL, the other ma­jor at­trac­tions of the HAL’s pavil­ion in­clude the light com­bat heli­copter (LCH), the weaponised ad­vance light heli­copter (ALH) Ru­dra—the first of which will be handed over to the In­dian Army dur­ing the show—and the in­ter­me­di­ate jet trainer (IJT), a plat­form that is caus­ing a lot of con­cern to the IAF.

The Dhruv, Ru­dra and LCH will be on fly­ing dis­play. Scale Models of the in­de­vel­op­ment light util­ity heli­copter, BAE Sys­tems Hawk, light com­bat air­craft (LCA) Tejas and Su-30MKI will also be on dis­play. In ad­di­tion, pi­lot­less tar­get air­craft (Lak­shya), Shakti en­gine, state-of-the-art ac­ces­sories and avion­ics from var­i­ous di­vi­sions of HAL are also be­ing show­cased. Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment, the other high­lights of the HAL pavil­ion in­clude 3D video map­ping of HTT-40, Dornier Glass cock­pit, scale models of aero­space struc­tures of GSLV MkII, GSLV Mk III and PSLV. The Ro­tary Wing Cor­ner will pro­vide the vis­i­tors through sim­u­la­tion and vis­ual dis­play, a heli­copter view of the tech­nolo­gies, the ca­pa­bil­i­ties and com­pe­ten­cies built in the com­pany. There will also be a holo­graphic pro­jec­tion de­pict­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties of LCA, Hawk, LCH and LUH.

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