Te­jas Mk II pre­lim­i­nary de­sign soon

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The Aero­nau­ti­cal De­vel­op­ment Agency (ADA) is giv­ing the fi­nal touches to the pre­lim­i­nary de­sign of the light com­bat air­craft (LCA) Te­jas Mk II, sched­uled to be com­pleted by the end of March. A sep­a­rate project team from ADA and the Hindustan Aero­nau­tics Ltd (HAL), ded­i­cated to the up­graded ver­sion, is cur­rently un­der­tak­ing daily re­views to get the first cut of the de­sign out by next month.

The main scope of Te­jas Mk II pro­gramme is to have the en­gine changed from the cur­rent GE F-404 to GE F-414. A de­vel­op­ment con­tract for eight en­gines for the pre­lim­i­nary de­sign phase has al­ready been signed with GE, with the crit­i­cal de­sign re­view al­ready been com­pleted at its Bos­ton fa­cil­ity. The Mk II fighter will have OBOGS (On­board Oxy­gen Gen­er­at­ing Sys­tem), which is be­ing de­vel­oped by the De­fence Bio­engi­neer­ing and Elec­tromed­i­cal Lab­o­ra­tory (DEBEL), a Ben­galuru-based De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion lab.

Te­jas Mk II will have a uni­fied elec­tronic war­fare sys­tem aimed at de­tect­ing and duck­ing en­emy radar and later jam­ming it. The Mk II project was sanc­tioned in 2009 at a cost about of ` 2,400 crore and post-de­sign fi­nal­i­sa­tion phase, two pro­to­types are set to roll out from the HAL hangars. The IAF has com­mit­ted a min­i­mum of squadrons of Te­jas Mk II. SP

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