JTull wrote:There must be good amount of lift from those wide wings on LCH. Have they considered these for Rudra?
Why would the Rudra need more lift from wings? Not mocking - but just curious about your line of reasoning. In the LCH the lift, if any will be counteracted by stores on the wings that count as drag.
I remember my conversation Hari sir here on the stub wings. Sampath sir had given a talk at Aero India seminar saying that LCH initial stealth stub wings were being replaced by symmetric aerofoils to decrease drag. But, when the wings did come online, they did not look symmetric and Hari sir confirmed that they were not and contributed to lift.
The wings on LCH cannot be ported to Rudra. But can a wing or atleast a fairing be developed for the "rod" on Rudra. Obviously, yes. Everything is return on investment. I remember reading a Masters thesis from an HAL employee studying the drag on a tube moving through air. So, they must have ascertained, that it is not worth it. At least for the moment, they have bigger fish to fry.