srai wrote:NLCA with a load out of 1-800Ltr centreline drop tank, 4 BVR and 2 CCM would be decent enough for providing air defence cover for the carrier task force. How much internal fuel they carry would matter, though. ...
What would be the combat radius of such a configuration? 300km? 400km?
Depends on the internal fuel that the aircraft can carry. No one has those figures as of now. Only actual testing with progressively higher loads will give the final results. By the way, the Israeli self protection EW jammer pod also has to be added to the payload list.
If the NLCA is to get a limited serial production of hopefully upto 16 aircrafts, perhaps they will also get the upgrades that the MK1A will get.