Can any one help:
Nihat wrote:I'd suggest reading up on the interview with the chief test pilot of the LCA tejas program in Hush kit.
The LCA is fully combat ready but at the same time it's still an evolving and maturing platform. It's armed with astra and derby as a2a missiles and capable of undertaking CAP and limited penetrative ground strike missions including delivery of precision weapons.
As far as pushing it into the current crisis goes, if necessary it will be deployed but given that it's training and tactics are still evolving, this is not the most optimum option currently.
Please give this quote.
I thought Tejas was qualified with Derby only.
I don't know why both IAF and DRDO did not push for at least captive flights of Astra on Tejas.
Everything was only about Su-30MKI integration and Tejas later.
Thanks in advance.
A few factoids:
ADA wanted to integrate on Tejas Mk1. Would involve flight control software and a few changes.
HAL wants to integrate on 83 Mk1A. ADA says that is their internal matter.
Next set of reports say
IAF senior official in Jan 2020 says want to integrate Astra on Tejas as French not allowing Meteor integration on Israeli Radar.
This is end of June 2020. No reports of progress.
And we have hot borders.
Neither is HAL rushing out to produce the rest of FOC contract.
From talking to folks major tasks are :
2 Dummy fit checks
3 Ground testing
4. Flight testing.
5. Certification by a CEMILAC.
And many sub-tasks under each major tasks.
And don't know status of the 50 Astra production?
Nor did the weapons mandrins in IAF agree to order more Astra!!!
After the March 2019 FizzleYa attack, first priority should be to ensure a better missile is ready for use in 18 months.