During the 21st Dr. Srivanasar Memorial Lecture organized by Aviation Society of India, together with the Vikram Sarabhai Space Center (VSSC), the head of the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) Satish Reddy, named the desired characteristics of the promising Indian TEDBF carrier-based stealth fighter for the Naval fleet.
It is noted that the maximum take-off weight of the fighter will be 26 tons. There is also a preliminary design of the deck base for the aircraft.
It can also be seen that the front of the aircraft fuselage has stealth characteristics. This means that the fighter will have a very low radar cross section in front.
TEDBF will become a deltoid wing aircraft. Thanks to its foldable design, the fighter can fit in the hangar and on the aircraft carrier's lift.
According to Satish Reddy, the TEDBF twin-engine carrier-based fighter, which is planned to replace the Russian MiG-29K in service with the Indian Navy, will make its maiden flight in 2026, and will be transferred to the fleet around 2029-2030.
However, if you remember history another Indian development - the fourth generation fighter Tejas, then one can doubt the terms named by the head of DRDO, because the serial production of this aircraft has been trying to establish for more than 10 years.
By the way, in 2014, India announced the creation of a deck version of Tejas, which was supposed to enter service with the Indian Navy back in 2017, but this never happened.