AMCA to be de­vel­oped in 12 to 15 years


While the DRDO puts its full weight be­hind pri­or­ity de­liv­ery of the LCA Te­jas to the In­dian Air Force (IAF), its new Chief Dr Av­inash Chan­der has made an am­bi­tious claim: that the stealth fifth-gen­er­a­tion ad­vanced medium com­bat air­craft (AMCA) will be de­liv­ered in 12-15 years. The AMCA, while not a for­mally sanc­tioned pro­ject yet, is still on the draw­ing board in the con­cep­tual phase, and will re­ceive for­mal fund­ing only once de­liv­er­ies be­gin of the FOC LCA Te­jas Mk.1.

The DRDO is cur­rently work­ing on sev­eral en­abling tech­nolo­gies, in­clud­ing stealth, vec­tored thrust noz­zles, serpentine air in­takes, in­ter­nal weapons bays, ad­vanced avion­ics, etc to form the foun­da­tions of the ad­vanced air­craft. The air­craft will be larger and more pow­er­ful than the Indo-Rus­sian PMF/FGFA, and will be a pri­or­ity stealth strike plat­form for op­er­a­tions be­hind en­emy air de­fences. Cur­rent re­search and de­vel­op­ment on the pro­ject is be­ing funded through in­ter­nal re­sources, and work will pick up in earnest from late 2014 when the bur­den of the LCA Te­jas is off the DRDO’s shoul­ders. A de­gree of for­eign con­sul­tancy will be in­evitable on the AMCA, sources in­di­cate.

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