HAL to add second Tejas Mk1A FTB to speed up development


HAL to add second Tejas Mk1A FTB to speed up development
HAL Tejas Mk1A Flying Test Bed (FTB) File Photo

HAL has decided to use a final operational clearance (FOC) version of the LCA-Tejas Mk1 to be used as a Second flying Test Bed (FTB) to test and certify several improvements over the previous variants that have been planned on the upcoming Mk1A as revealed by Dr. Anantha Krishnan of Tarmak Media House.

The first FTB of the Mk1A will take its flight by March 2022 and the second will take its flight by end of 2022. HAL plans to use Two Mk1A FTB to prove most of the upgraded technology by mid of 2023 so that the first two Mk1A get delivered to the Indian Air Force (IAF) by March 2024.

Mk1A will be getting the following upgrades and will incorporate a new Active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, digital radar warning receivers computer, a digital map generator, and digital flight control systems, external self-protection jammer pods, and newer beyond visual range air to air missiles.

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