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The Week In Defense, May 18-25, 2017

The Week In Defense, May 18-25, 2017

India’s Tejas Fires Beyond-Visual-Range Missile India’s Light Combat Aircraft Tejas successfully test-fired a Derby air-to-air beyond-visual-range (BVR) missile

India’s Light Combat Aircraft: What does the future have in store?

India’s Light Combat Aircraft: What does the future have in store?

The Tejas Mk 1 had delivered an agile performance at Aero India 2017 last February. The smallest combat aircraft in its class, it keeps costs down and its small size contributes to its agility — a vital capability for an interceptor. It can turn circles around other larger and less agile aircraft.

LCA Tejas successfully test fires beyond visual range missile

LCA Tejas successfully test fires beyond visual range missile

Light combat aircraft Tejas today “successfully” test fired an air-to-air missile, paving the way for powering the indigenously-built aircraft with missiles having beyond visual range capabilities (BVR).

Tejas Successfully Test Fires Derby Air-To-Air Beyond Visual Range Missile

Tejas Successfully Test Fires Derby Air-To-Air Beyond Visual Range Missile

Tejas, the Light Combat Aircraft today successfully demonstrated an Air-to-Air Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile firing capability by releasing Derby Air-to-Air BVR missile in RADAR guided mode.

HAL finalises major plan to speed up aircraft production

HAL finalises major plan to speed up aircraft production

State-run aerospace behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has finalised a major plan to manufacture nearly 1,000 military helicopters and over a hundred planes, in tune with government’s focus on speeding up defence indigenisation.

Tejas: Project to develop unmanned variant of Tejas planes in works

Tejas: Project to develop unmanned variant of Tejas planes in works

In what would break new ground, India has started work on developing an unmanned combat version of the home-grown light combat aircraft (LCA), with a task group being constituted to study how to convert the fighter for a futuristic role.

Project to develop unmanned variant of Tejas planes in works

Project to develop unmanned variant of Tejas planes in works

In what would break new ground, India has started work on developing an unmanned combat version of the home-grown light combat aircraft (LCA), with a task group being constituted to study how to convert the fighter for a futuristic role.

The problem with India’s naval build-up

The problem with India’s naval build-up

Much of the focus of Aero India 2017 was on the navy’s fighter requirement following the abject failure of the MiG-29K and the abandonment of Tejas.

Onboard LCA: With Tejas, India looks to take off

Onboard LCA: With Tejas, India looks to take off

In a country where the Army struggles for a reliable, home-made rifle, building a proven fighter jet goes beyond being ambitious. What if the ambition bears actually fruit?

‘LCA Tejas is superior to France’s Mirage and China’s JF-17 fighter jets’

‘LCA Tejas is superior to France’s Mirage and China’s JF-17 fighter jets’

After successfully producing the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, India is now planning to build the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA), according to H Siddesha, project director and technology director of LCA.

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