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Tejas Mk2/MWF: CDR Completed ,Fabrication commences


Tejas Mk2/MWF: CDR Completed ,Fabrication commences
Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) Graphics of Tejas Mk2/MWF by Harshal Pal

After completion of the preliminary design review (PDR) stage that was conducted last year, the design team of the much waited Tejas Mk2 program has completed the critical design review (CDR) setting the stage for the rollout of a pre-production aircraft by the end of 2022.

Many components for Tejas MK2 including general systems and structure’s are being manufactured after completion of the critical design review (CDR) and the remaining systems are under development was revealed by Dr. Anantha Krishnan of Tarmak Media House.

LRDE already has awarded a production order for manufacturing of Two upgraded Uttam Aesa Radar for the Tejas Mk2 aircraft, which will be delivered to HAL by April 2022. The metal cutting exercise started earlier this year and has been told the first aircraft will be on assembly jig some time in the last Q4 of FY2021-22.

The Tejas MK2 project aims to produce more than 170 cutting-edge 4.5-generation fighters to replace the aging fleet of Jaguars, Mig-29, and Mirage-2000 from 2030-40. the first flight is planned for 2023, with testing and evaluation to take place until 2027 before production starts in 2028-29.

Dr. Girish Deodhare, program Director of ADA earlier this year had said that 560 Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) and 5 Tier-I companies that have been part of the LCA-Tejas Mk1 eco-system are been engaged again for the development of the Tejas Mk2 program since now they have gained expertise in this field.

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