I just realised that all the specs we have of the LCA Mk1 in wiki and ADA brochures are in "normal" operating conditions. The brochures that all OTHER manufacturers quote and are bandied about are "maximum" performance.
For e.g., the Gripen C official brochure, says a payload of 5.5 tons
and an MTOW of 14 tons, and an empty weight of 6800kg
and fuel of 2400kg internal.
ADA official brochure says, LCA MK1A empty wt of 6560kg
, internal fuel of 2436 kg , but a payload of ONLY 3500Kg
. Obviously this will set off huge
, about Gripen C far far better than LCA Mk1 AF version etc.. Rhona & Dhona & shedding copious tears and a huge round of self flagellation.
Also notice the idiocies about the LCA being "overweight" . It is actually 300KG LESS than an equivalent fighter
of exactly similar size and specs and same engine!
However, look deeper, from this IDRW article
, where they look at a tender floated by HAL for tyres for the Tejas , the following data is available.
The LCA MK1 Max
Take off Mass is 15 Frikkin
TONS, which is a FULL 1 Ton more than the Gripen C in ISA + 20C condition
! If you factor that in, the Max payload of the Tejas MK1 is 6 TONS
. So go figure.
Typical SDRE mentality. Self effacing and under stating
the capabilities and being "engineers" and very sorry to be casteist "Brahminical" . The ADA actually needs to hire the a more extroverted sales and marketing , corp communications agency to put out it's stuff . This "truth telling" self effacing mentality give an opening to all sorts of charlatans to take pot shots at them , citing marketing brochures which have little bearing in how it will perform in real world situations or if they are an actual apple to apple comparisons or if they are comparing apples and oranges.
Gripen Does NOT specify the take off roll length for Max payload , nor do they specify the payload at "Normal" (SDRE) operating take off runs 1000 metres ! The LCA takes 1400 m (roughly 300m extra) run to get to the air with max payload. I am sure the Gripen numbers are for a take off run of 1500m !