India’s state-owned aerospace and defense corporation Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), in collaboration with DRDO’s Aeronautical Development Agency, has started production of India’s AMCA (Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft).
With the start of production activity, the AMCA program entered an important stage. The plan calls for equipping the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Navy with a 5.5-generation twin-engine stealth fighter.
HAL announced in its Twitter post on 9 March, “HAL has commenced construction activities for Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) in association with ADA.”
HAL has started manufacturing activities of Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) in association with ADA. @SpokespersonMoD @drajaykumar_ias @DefProdnIndia @IAF_MCC @gopalsutar pic.twitter.com/MkG1jHuarb
— HAL (@HALHQBLR) 9 March 2022
While HAL and ADA will handle the design and development, business defense companies will be involved in the production of the fighter jet. The advanced stealth fighter will be a multi-role fighter capable of airbending, ground attack, suppression of enemy air defense and electronic warfare tasks.
The first two squadrons in the AMCA MK-1 configuration will be powered by an imported engine, while the remaining five squadrons will be powered by Indian-made engines equipped with 6th generation technologies with advanced features (Mark 2).
Significantly, the engine of the new fighter will be jointly made by Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) of India and Safran of France. India’s aviation arsenal will be strengthened with the latest stealth aircraft, thereby improving air superiority. In addition, the naval version of the aircraft will serve as the main fighter jet for the new aircraft carriers of the Indian Navy.
In addition to stealth capabilities, the new aircraft will include three-dimensional thrust vectoring, an Indian-made sophisticated Active Electronic Scan Array (AESA) radar and an internal weapons bay to enhance the aircraft’s stealth capabilities.
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The AMCA has a top speed of approximately 2,600 kilometers per hour (Mach 2.15), as well as a combat range of 1,620 kilometers. In a non-stealth form, the fighter will be armed with a 23 mm cannon and 14 fixed points that will carry up to 6,500 kg of ordnance.
The Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) is currently working with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Mk-2 version of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas as well as the AMCA and Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) for the Navy. Is. Indian.
“The setup has been finalized,” ADA Director General Girish S Deodhar said in a press release. “Preliminary Service Quality Requirements (PSQR) have been finalized and the initial design review completed.”