Indian Naval Tejas carrier-based fighter first took off from the deck of an aircraft carrier

Indian Naval Tejas carrier-based fighter first took off from the deck of an aircraft carrier

The decked version of the Indian national perspective light fighter Tejas Navy was first tested on the deck of the Indian Navy Vikramaditya aircraft carrier. This was reported by the press service of the Indian Navy.


According to the report, on January 11 of this year, the second prototype of the deck-mounted version of Naval Tejas made the first landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Vikramaditya, located in the Arabian Sea. On January 12, the same aircraft made its first take-off from the springboard of the aircraft carrier Vikramaditya. In both cases, the aircraft was piloted by Commodore Jaydip Maolonkar, who leads the Naval Tejas flight test program.

In September last year, the next tests of the decked version of the Tejas Navy fighter were held on the territory of the Indian Air Force base "Hans" in Goa and were considered successful. Fighter for the first time in its stories made a landing using the air finisher. They preceded the start of testing the aircraft on the deck of an aircraft carrier.

Note that at present in India only the ground version of the Tejas fighter has been adopted. The fighter planned for release in three versions began to be developed back in the 1981 year, however, only the ground version, which was put into service in November 2015 of the year, reached the more or less combat-ready version. After the creation of two prototypes, the combat training version did not go further; two Tejas aircraft were also assembled in the deck version, and it was with them that the tests are carried out.


In 2016, the Indian Navy refused to further develop the Tejas Navy carrier-based fighter, saying that this aircraft does not meet the requirements of the military. The "excessive weight" of Naval Tejas and insufficient thrust-weight ratio led to the fact that the fighter can not take off with a full supply of fuel and combat load from the aircraft carrier springboard. However, in 2018, work on the project was resumed. On August 2, 2018, the second prototype of the decked version of Naval Tejas made the first run on the ground-based training and testing complex deck aviation based on the aviation of the Indian Navy "Hansa" in Goa. The program was resumed by the new Minister of Defense of India Nirmala Sithamaran under the Make in India program, contrary to the wishes of the Indian Navy.

Tejas has a length of 13,2 meters and a wingspan of 8,2 meters. An airplane with a maximum take-off mass of 13,5 tons can reach speeds of up to 2,2 thousands of kilometers per hour, and its combat radius is about 500 kilometers. The fighter is armed with one 23 mm caliber gun and eight suspension points. The total mass of the combat load is 3,5 tons. The deck version of the Tejas Navy differs from the ground-based double cabin, reinforced landing gear and the presence of a landing hook.

In 2019, DRDO and ADA proposed a radically redesigned version of the Naval Tejas Mk 2 in a twin-engine configuration (two General Electric F414 engines). Subject to the approval of the project and its financing, the first flight of the TEDBF prototype is promised in 2026, while the development of the aircraft is supposed to be carried out in parallel with the Indian Navy's program for the purchase of 57 foreign carrier-based fighters. The outlook for TEDBF is uncertain.
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Indian Navy / www.livefistdefence.com
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  1. cherkas.oe 14 January 2020 16: 16 New
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    Pyarm pigeon of the world, judging by the performance characteristics.
  2. Romka 14 January 2020 16: 16 New
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    And again, let's mock Indians. Does not work. And what happens? Well ... And I about it.
    1. NEOZ 15 January 2020 17: 17 New
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      Quote: Romka
      And again, let's mock Indians. Does not work. And what happens?

      let’s go!
      but it turns out this:
      Indians created an airplane of the 50s .....
      Tejas, in fact, is A4 - a superskyhok .... with an afterburner ... an airplane of the late 50s of the last century .... and even a purchased engine ...
      there’s nothing to talk about !!!!
      1. TermNachTer 15 January 2020 23: 11 New
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        "Skyhawk", over the years of operation has established itself as a very reliable and tenacious machine. What about the "tejas" until you say.
  3. voyaka uh 14 January 2020 16: 19 New
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    Two engines from the F-18.
    It should calmly grab traction from the springboard.
    F-18 is usually fired from a catapult, but it was checked from a springboard.
    1. maidan.izrailovich 14 January 2020 16: 58 New
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      voyaka uh (Alexey)
      Two engines from the F-18.

      Why two?
      Single engine a tailless aircraft with a delta-shaped mid-wing wing.
      https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/HAL_Tejas#Конструкция
      Twin engine only in the project.
      In 2019, DRDO and ADA proposed a radically redesigned version of the Naval Tejas Mk 2 in twin engine configuration (two engines General Electric F414). Subject to authorization of the project and its financing, the first flight TEDBF prototype promised in 2026,

      But one should also be enough. F-18 empty weight 13 387 kg, and HAL Tejas - 5500 kg.
      1. u-345 14 January 2020 17: 25 New
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        Engine F-404-GE-IN20
        Confuses in the name IN20. Explicitly made especially for India, and what kind of craving history is silent about.
  4. Thrifty 14 January 2020 16: 24 New
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    They needed to build a plane in cooperation with us, and it turned out that what happened was not fish, not meat. ...
    1. tlauicol 14 January 2020 17: 25 New
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      Quote: Thrifty
      They needed to build a plane in cooperation with us, and it turned out that what happened was not fish, not meat. ...

      Until now, they would build ..
    2. NEOZ 15 January 2020 17: 21 New
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      Quote: Thrifty
      what turned out is not fish, not meat. ...

      that's right, they built a plane ... which is comparable to the A4 skyhawk .... the end of the 50s of the last century ...
      this unit has no combat value ...
  5. Ratmir_Ryazan 14 January 2020 16: 28 New
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    While there is time, India is developing its project of a light single-engine fighter-bomber, an analogue of the MiG-21 and F-16.

    It would not hurt us either to implement the project of the single-engine version of the Su-30/35 and MiG-35.
    1. irbis0373 14 January 2020 18: 43 New
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      Quote: Ratmir_Ryazan
      It would not hurt us either to implement the project of the single-engine version of the Su-30/35 and MiG-35.

      What for? Well, the MiG-35-go option I somehow somehow understand with a stretch, but Sukhoi in a single-engine version is something! What can he carry from weapons with one engine?
      1. Ratmir_Ryazan 15 January 2020 21: 15 New
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        What for? Well, the MiG-35-go option I somehow somehow understand with a stretch, but Sukhoi in a single-engine version is something! What can he carry from weapons with one engine?


        Then, to have many front-line fighter-bombers, such as the F-16.

        Project from Sukhoi S-54/55/56 look, this is just a frozen project of a single-engine Su-30/35. Very interesting parameters, the Su-30/35 loses only in maneuverability and a bit in the bomb load, at a lower cost and lower cost of operation.

        The United States has both F-15 and F-16, with the latter being bought up like hot cakes.

        We also need the option of fighters with one engine for ourselves and to offer for export.
    2. NEOZ 15 January 2020 17: 24 New
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      Quote: Ratmir_Ryazan
      It would not hurt us either to implement the project of the single-engine version of the Su-30/35 and MiG-35.

      What for?
      Su54 / 55/56 were not claimed by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.
  6. Pavel57 14 January 2020 16: 42 New
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    In 2019, DRDO and ADA proposed a radically redesigned version of the Naval Tejas Mk 2 in a twin-engine configuration (two General Electric F414 engines).

    We arrived at the MiG-29 class medium fighter.

    And does he have Russian, American or European weapons?
  7. BABAY22 14 January 2020 17: 39 New
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    Deck version of the Indian National promising light fighter Tejas Navy first tested on the deck of an aircraft carrier

    fighter began to be developed back in 1981

    belay
    So. With this great aircraft builder, everything is clear.
    Better dance dancing. This is much better for them.
  8. Axel 15 January 2020 04: 22 New
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    World trade in hydrocarbons goes largely by sea, and world shipping is under the complete control of the US Navy.
    1. NEOZ 15 January 2020 17: 25 New
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      Quote: Axel
      and world shipping is under the complete control of the US Navy.

      so, what is next?