- Aug 12, 2019
Don't agree that Mk1 era is over when we have fishbeds flying and crashing literally all over the place. They are not talking about 404 because Kaveri can fill in, in due course.. probably at MLU. They are going to order an additional 50 Mk1As as Mk2 is delayed by 2-3 years.Era of Tejas (Tejas Mk1, Mk1A) is over. There will be no more order for Tejas other than the 83 jets. All future orders will be MWF (Tejas Mk2), TEDBF & AMCA which will have 110kN engines. Tejas is just a stop gap measure to maintain Indian industry, human expertise and supply chain logistics. No one is negotiating engines for Tejas.
#DRDO could uprate the Dry Kaveri Engine to 60 KN once the certification of the existing Dry Kaveri is completed. The uprated Dry Kaveri Engine will be mated with Afterburner so that it can produce upto 90 KN Thrust. This Engine can be retrofitted with Tejas MK1 & MK1A. #IADN
ASR is 17.5T MTOW if that was not possible with 98kN F414 it would have never passed PDR.Tejas Mk2 will be vastly different as it will have 17.5Ton MToW which will be impossible with 56-58kN dry thrust. India is going for F414 only as a stop gap measure for the initial batch of MWF Mk1 and will likely have lower MToW to the tune of 15tons.