Press Esc to close
Sunday 26 June 2016
News updated at 2:14 AM IST
Weather
Max: 27.5°C
Min : 19.4°C
In Bengaluru
Generally cloudy

LCA naval variant's first flight on Friday

Chethan Kumar, Bangalore, April 25 2012, DHNS:

After almost two years since its rollout, the naval prototype (NP-1) of the country’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) will take to the skies on its maiden flight this Friday.

The flight is slated for 10 am. But it will fly with some unresolved problems. The maiden flight, however, does not mean the team LCA has overcome all the technical glitches that had forced it to miss several deadlines in the past.

The Centre for Military Airworthiness & Certification (CEMILAC), sometime last week, gave its clearance for High Speed Taxi Trial (HSTT) and flight.

The flight will last 20 minutes with the National Flight Test Center (NFTC) pilots doing a sortie over a designated flight path besides testing the systems onboard for performance.

But they will not retract the undercarriage, as they do not want to take a chance. “It is potentially risky to retract it,” a source said, indicating that there are some problems still persistent. The undercarriage is retracted to reduce the drag experienced by aircraft.

Compared to Tejas, the IAF version of LCA, the LCA NP-1 will be different with a longer and stronger gear, front fuselage droop for better over-the-nose vision, an additional control surface to reduce carrier landing speed and consequential changes in various systems and will fly with a GE-F404-IN20 engine.

Designed specifically for ski jump take-off and arrested landing, the aircraft was faced with heavy undercarriage problem, which sources fear might not have been addressed completely. The undercarriage was bulkier by 500 kg.

The aircraft is likely to replace Indian Navy’s Sea Harrier squadron, and already orders for six aircraft have been placed. While the NP-1 is a twin-seater trainer, the NP-2 will be a single-seat fighter.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a sand sculpture to congratulate Athlete Dutee chand

Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a sand sculpture to congratulate Athlete Dutee chand

Cricketer Virat Kohli sings the national anthem during the opening ceremony of the Pro Kabaddi...

Cricketer Virat Kohli sings the national anthem during the opening ceremony of the Pro Kabaddi...

Security forces inspecting the CRPF bus which was attacked by militants on Srinagar-Jammu National..

Security forces inspecting the CRPF bus which was attacked by militants on Srinagar-Jammu National..

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav at a roza iftar party in Lucknow...

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav at a roza iftar party in Lucknow...

Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez during the launch of Aeropostale store in Mumbai...

Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez during the launch of Aeropostale store in Mumbai...

Two planes perform a dramatic fly past, during a display of the Red Arrows Display Team...

Two planes perform a dramatic fly past, during a display of the Red Arrows Display Team...

Local train on water logged railway track in Thane on Saturday. Local train services...

Local train on water logged railway track in Thane on Saturday. Local train services...

The launch of New Audi R8 V10 Plus in Hyderabad on Saturday...

The launch of New Audi R8 V10 Plus in Hyderabad on Saturday...

Siberian tigers play in the pool of their enclosure to cool themselves in the zoo...

Siberian tigers play in the pool of their enclosure to cool themselves in the zoo...

BJP activists holding a protest in front of Ram Remple in Bhubaneswar on Friday...

BJP activists holding a protest in front of Ram Remple in Bhubaneswar on Friday...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523