Tejas to exhibit dog fight capabilities in Bahrain
Mysuru: India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas is all set to demonstrate some new maneuvers during the 4th edition of Bahrain International Air Show (BIAS-2016), starting January 21-23 at the Sakhir Airbase.
The pilots have gained confidence after a series of back-to-back flight trials during last month in Bengaluru.
“Tejas has made significant fine tuning in its flight profiles in achieving the 8 ‘g’ level of maneuvers. The platform’s sustainability, strength of airframe at extreme ‘g’ levels and endurances have been proved. This means it will be more agile and swift during dog fights, which is must in modern warfare,” an official dealing with the project said.
It is now almost certain that Tejas will be heading for BIAS-2016 with a pilot party already assessing the logistics. This will be the first official outing by a desi fighter outside Indian skies for a flying demonstration.
Tejas Test Pilots Commodore Jaideep Maolonkar and Group Capt Rangachari pulled 8 ‘g’ in December 2015 during the flight trials, ahead of the Bahrain mission.
Soruces tell Mathrubhumi that these were scheduled trials to prove the platform’s ability to withstand higher ‘g forces’, a mandatory point the pilots had to clear ahead of the Final Operational Clearance (FOC).
In 2015, Tejas had cleared the mandated Angle of Attack (AoA) of 23 degrees-plus and completed major part of weapon integration as well. It also underwent cold weather trials at Leh and hot weather trials at Jaiselmer.
“Another feather in the Tejas’ cap is the increase in the AoA, which again permits the aircraft to be agile, turn and climb efficiently. To achieve higher AoA on a light aircraft is a technical challenge. India has achieved the technical maturity to develop a world class fighter,” says the official.
For BIAS-2016, two Tejas variants are being readied in Bengaluru. Around 150 engineers, scientists and technicians will be positioned at different bases for the fighters’ smooth transit to Bahrain.