JayS wrote:Kartik wrote:So basically, a max of 4 BVRAAMs and 2 CCMs with 1 centerline drop tank is the most optimum air to air configuration for the Tejas as per most of you folks. Agreed, when you don't want to stay on station for too long, since the IAF has a major tanker shortage and air refueling will be a luxury.
Replace the centerline drop tank with 2 inboard drop tanks and now you have max 2 BVRAAMS and 2 CCMs. And that's about it- not because the payload is maxed out or the airplane cannot fit anymore. No flexibility needed, because it's a point defence jet (although it really is not). A simple dual rack on the center pylon can easily carry 2 X Astra or 2 X i-Derby ERs, doubling the BVRAAM payload and giving the flexibility for OCA/DCA and escort missions.
FYI, HVT once said you need ejector launched missiles for mounting them close to fuselage/on the fuselage, to avoid gas ingestion in the intakes. I have never checked if there are any rail-launched missiles anywhere in the world mounted on the inboard or fuselage Hard points.
DRDL guy told me they are developing Ejector-based pylon for Astra.
Never thought about that. Makes sense. I have seen them from inboard locations. But not from the fuselage hardpoints.