Indranil wrote:This is unfair Chetakji. Naval LCA is unoptimized because it is over designed. But, it is very rugged.
Just before Dussherra they did the first trap. In the following 10 days, they did 20 sorties within ten days. Sometimes, they did 3 sometimes per day. This can not be done on a plane which is not sufficiently rugged.
Indranil ji, you misunderstood the word "marinised" and saar, I did not use the word rugged.
BTW, the trap may not have been a standard Naval deck landing type thumper of a landing. Those are real punishing touchdowns and are more of a controlled crash than a conventional landing. It is not called for at this stage in the tests.
and also, in a deck landing, as soon as the wheels hit the deck, whether the aircraft traps or not, the throttle is always slammed open to its max power position so that the pilot is all set for a go around just in case he did not trap. It's only when he feels the rapid deceleration of a successful trap that he throttles back and never before that.
A carrier deck has multiple arrestor wires to better the chances of a successful first time trap. IIRC, our carriers have 4 wires.
anyway, here's something for you
Some new footage on NLCA's Arrested Recovery in there. Especially the wing mounted camera overlooking the hook engagement is something to drool over for all LCA Fans.
A special moment of pride and joy Beautifully captured by DEB RANA and Co., The Arrested landing of Naval Prototype of India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA, NP-1)