Kartik wrote:Surprise for me as well..last AI-’13, the length of the LCA Navy Mk2 was stated as being the same as that of the IAF LCA Mk2. I was aware that the new fairing would be added to accommodate the landing gear and that the wings would get pushed out for that, but this additional length is a positive surprise. The wing area increasing was also not something mentioned then, so it’s quite clear that the design has progressed much more since then.
Like KaranM, I’m not pleased with the canopy design. A smaller canopy, like that seen in brochures of the LCA Navy Mk2 from AI-’13 would be a better approach, unless it was coming in the way of area ruling concepts.
Your observation on the possible F-16 style split airbrakes is also the same as mine- will see if I can get that answered at this AI, if I do get to go.
Don't know about the area ruling. Making a bulged canopy should be working against it. I feel they have gone for maximum internal volume. But then I see so much empty space behind the head of the pilot. So I can't be sure. Also, I am a little worried about the increased weight. With this much extra internal fuel (plus centerline fuel tank to provide additional safety cushion), how much payload can it carry off the ramp?
Your writeup after the last AI was a treasure-trove. I hope you can make it this year as well.