The MiG-21 has been in the news again – for all the wrong reasons. That aircraft has been the mainstay of the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) air combat capability for decades. However, current developments bring in focus the urgency of developing and deploying its replacement, the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft.
The IAF plans to order a total of 339 Tejas aircraft of various marks over the years. These will form the mainstay of the IAF’s combat aircraft fleet for some decades. A small number are also to be ordered by the Indian Navy for carrier-based operations.
Fortunately, private companies are to undertake much of the manufacturing – Larsen & Turbo (wings), Dynamic Technologies (front fuselage), VEM Technologies (centre fuselage), and Alpha Design & Dynamics (rear fuselage). Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. ( Read More