India ready to develop Prototype of new 'Stealth Fighter Jet' - Awaiting Govt. Nod
With the induction of light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas into the Indian Air Force this
year, the Aeron-autical Development Age-ncy (ADA) which has jointly developed the fourth
generation aircraft with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), is now ready to develop the
stealth fighter aircraft.
�The concept and feasibility study for the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) has
completed and submitted to the government.
We are awaiting the government�s approval to develop prototype vehicles (PVs),� P.Ramachandra,
director, admin and planning, Aero-nautical Development Agency told this newspaper on
the sidelines of the Indian Science Congress.
It is designed to be the 25-tonne class aircraft whereas the Tejas is weighing only about 10
It will have the range of 2,800 km.
�The aircraft will have many stealth features for evading radars.
The weap-ons and antennas will not be visible from outside.
This makes the aircraft heavy and it will have twin-engines,� he said.
This was envisioned as a replacement for the British Jaguar and Mirage 2000 which the IAF
According to defence experts, the stealth fighter would be of great help during the
initial days of a major war as it will allow the air force to target enemy�s infrastructure
such as roads, railways, airfields, radars, headquarters and depots.
The Aeronautical Development Agency also plans to showcase the model in the upcoming Aero
Indian Air Force ordered 40 Tejas aircraft and 83 LCA Mark-1A aircraft with the HAL.
The Air Force also wanted better specifications for LCA Mark-1A like mid-air refuelling and
advanced electronic warfare suit.
�We are going to carry out the changes very soon,� he added.
When asked about the prolonged delay in developing the LCA, he pointed out that the aircraft
was developed within eight years after it was sanctioned in 1993.
�The combat aircraft can be customised to our requirement which was earlier not possible
with the imported planes.
More than anything we have saved Rs 50,000 crore for the country as the HAL secured orders
for 83 LCA Mark-1A planes,� he said.
The HAL is expected to deliver 10 combat aircraft per year in the initial period and it can
be expanded up to 16 aircraft per year.
The LCA�s naval version also is currently undergoing various tests at Shore Based Test
Facility at Goa.
Some of the foreign fighter jets which are competing with AMCA are Boeing F/A-18E/F Super
Hornet, Dassault Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon, Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, Mikoyan
MiG-35, and Saab JAS 39 Gripen.