- Dec 24, 2015
I agree,We wouldn't have had this problem (of low numbers) had the IAF been farsighted enough to say we need an F-16 class plane when LCA was being designed, and had been involved with the designers and HAL since day 1. The whole idea of fitting F-16/ Mirage 2000 like capabilities in the size of a MiG 21 is outrageous. Had the LCA succeeded in time, then by now we would be flying the LCA Mk2 in numbers, and any shortfall in A2A or A2G weapons could have been made up with imports for the time being while DRDO was working on domestic options. Such lack of farsightedness and penny pinching to hand out freebies in the name of gaon-gareeb-kisaan has cost us like anything.
The goal was far too difficult from the beginning. The smaller the jet is, the harder it is to fit all in nicely and with efficience.
A 20% greater design would have been easily to study and fine tune.