MMRCA, PAk-Fa and Delays in production might kill Tejas

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    MMRCA, PAk-Fa and Delays in production might kill Tejas

    November 22, 2011
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    It’s official now that, Countries light combat aircraft “Tejas” will yet again see further delays in achieving Final operational clearance (FOC). Tejas which achieved its ICO-1 (Initial operational clearance) in beginning of this year and was supposed to get its last and final IOC-2 by end of this year , now will only able to do that in mid of 2012 .

    HAL has blamed “active monsoon “for the delays, but aviation experts are not convinced by HAL’s claim. Vinayak shetty said this year Bangalore has seen more than usual rainfall, but major testing to be done are weapons integration and weapons testing which are usually done on a test range and not over Bangalore.

    But he slammed HAL for not able to deliver aircrafts in time, he added “In last 4 years HAL has failed to deliver 8 LSP aircrafts and till now has only delivered 5 LSP aircrafts, which on average means close to 8 months for development of single aircraft, even after this HAL has same pace of work for other remaining aircrafts,”.

    LSP-7 soon to be tested as per source has been under construction for last 8 months (From Raw material to first flight) and even first orders for the 20 aircrafts placed 5 years ago will only take to sky in mid of 2012 (SP-1).

    As per sources, there has been no urgency show in development of Tejas MK-2, which was supposed to have its first flight by end of 2014, and as per source will likely see delay by a year.

    Which means? , that Tejas MK-2 will hit production only in 2017 period , which is crucial period for Indian air force , since winner of MMRCA aircrafts will see home grown production and also likely induction of first Squadron of Pak-fa in Indian air force .

    So far Indian air force has committed for 7 Squadron (120 nos) of Tejas MK-2, but option of going for 63 more aircrafts in MMRCA contract will be more tempting for Indian air force . this period will also be crucial for Indian air force since Mig-21 will be phased out fully , which includes Bis variants along with half of the Mig-27 fleet .

    Former HAL employee blamed Indian air force for token orders given and confusion that prevailed till 2006 if Tejas was able to meet ASR (Air staff requirements) of IAF, which lead to re-development of aircraft into Tejas MK-2. And he also said due to token orders from the customer, HAL was not able to recruit enough manpower or develop larger production area.

    Another Defence expert, pointed out that in last 10 years, ADA and Hal were only able to deliver 11 aircrafts, which again even after a decade HAL was not able to shorten the time frame for the aircraft production, which averages 8 months period.

    A Western aviation experts blamed , Developers careful approach towards Tejas Test phase for delays , he added “If you are confident with your product ,then test it to its limits ,but if you don’t want to risk a crash and have a stay safe approach then delays are common ”. But he also slammed HAL for slower production rate; he added “What if there is loss of one or two aircrafts in short period of time? With already limited aircrafts and with lost aircrafts, test phase will only see further delays”. He also pointed out that “Even with loss of one JF-17 aircraft recently FOC phase of the aircraft won’t have much effect on the project since Pakistan is already having close to 3 squadron of aircrafts at its disposal, comfort which IAF nor HAL enjoy at this stage”.

    2012 will be a crucial phase for Tejas , not only it has to complete most of the weapons test phase but also has to hand over two aircrafts to Indian air force for testing purpose , if IAF is not happy with some aspects of the aircrafts , then again be a setback for the Tejas aircraft program .HAL has to chuck out more aircrafts and should shorten its Production period to a quarter from its current period . More aircrafts at its disposal will only speed up the test phase of the aircraft program and achieve its FOC in time.

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    rock127 Maulana Rockullah Senior Member

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    These delays in the acquisition of fighter birds are NOT helping India at all. The day all 126 are inducted there would be another new generation of fighter birds on the block.We are already runnig low on the # of squardons and aging planes.

    HURRY UP India.:frusty:
     
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    1 more week to decide on the fate of MMRCA, the longest sop opera .:rolleyes:
     
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    ace009 Freakin' Fighter fan Elite Member

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    HAL should be ABSOLUTELY privatized - IPO will bring in cash. With that hire new management (more business oriented) and setup new production facilities for LCA. Enough is enough - stop pussy-footing around GoI.
     
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    HAL is manufacturer and not the developer of tejas. first thing the new management will do is to kill tejas and not save him. why they will invest on something which is not complete and its primary user, IAF and IN are moving away from it by bringing down purchase order every time they come on iar, from 220 to 200 to 140 to finally 100.
     

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