India’s HAL rolls out first naval LCA

It’s not often you see a naval version of a fighter roll out 27 years after work began — and still continues — on the air force version! But Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and India Minister of Defence A K Antony did just that earlier today in Bangalore. The first two-seat naval Light Combat Aircraft made it’s public debut amidst the requisite smoke and flag-waving. Here’s hoping the naval variant proves less of a development disaster than its air force cousin.


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10 Responses to India’s HAL rolls out first naval LCA

  1. Dave 6 July, 2010 at 10:20 pm #

    I think we can pretty much count on it being a developmental disaster. I don’t think they’re serious about ever actually fielding it as an operational aircraft as such. If you think about it, they wouldn’t be buying the MiG-29K or issuing RFIs, or opening talking about the F-35B/C if they really though this thing was going to cut it. I think for India, this is a learning experience… they’ll use this to get the experience they need to build better planes in the future. In any case, they have to be aware that by the time it is fielded, it would be hopelessly outclassed…

  2. Jimmy 7 July, 2010 at 6:39 am #

    How are they going to deal with the high angle of attack at landing? There’s no leading root extensions nor vortex generators. Can the pilot even see the landing? Will they have to depend on an auto-landing system?

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