- Mar 6, 2011
with just two 1200 liter drop tanks it flies 1800 km in a sub optimal altitude of 28000 ft for 2.5 hours and land with 800 KG fuel in tanks in flights from bangalore to jamnagar,Only IOC Mk1s would need to wait till MLU to be upgraded to MK1A, not the FOC ones.
Add a center line fuel tank and ligh load, it can do any brochure combat range of any single engine fighter,
Tejas has the lowest RCS and ELTA EW for survival , with excellent 2052 AESA radar, Asrtra, MICA, R73E, ASRAAM misiles and all PGMs that can be carried by upgraded mirage 2000s,
in facttejas mk1A is many notches above 50 million dollar per plane upgraded Mirage 2000s which recntly crossed into pakistan for balakot strike,
why limit it to indian airsace?