DRDO sources said the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) was a “textbook landing” of Tejas’ naval landing variants at the coast-based test facility in Goa. He said the first naval prototype (NP-1) of the Navy LCA – a twin-seater – had a “successful landing” at a distance of 90 meters after being flown by the pilot for about 40 minutes.
“A normal LCA requires an approximately 1-km runway for take-off and landing. But, for the naval version, the take-off stretch is about 200 meters and the landing required is 100 meters. Today, NP-1 made its first arrest landing, and it was a textbook landing, ”a DRDO source said. An arrested landing is one in which an aircraft is removed while landing under it with the help of wires moving during landing.
“There was a landing at our SBTF (coast-based test facility) at INS Hansa in Goa. The touchdown was at around 11:45 am and the landing was at a very steep angle.
This will pave the way for this indigenous platform has only SBTF (shore-based test facility) in the country and was operational between 2017-2014. A senior official he said.
Sources reported that the aircraft was called Commodore J. a. Maolankar, the project’s chief test pilot, and landing safety officer (LSO) were prepared by Captain Shiv Nath Dahiya.
An LSO approves for landing.
When asked about the future roadmap, a senior official said, “The flight data will be analyzed extensively, and the next phase will be decided”.
Sources said that after successfully replicating the test onshore, an aircraft carrier compatibility test will be conducted in the future.
Asked if there was air to the head during the landing, another officer said: “there was a required airflow”.
The successful landing on Friday is the big success naval version of the jet, and Defense Minister Rajant Singh also congratulated the team behind the project.
The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) is involved in the development of the naval version of the Tejas as well as the Aeronautical Development Agency, Aircraft Research, and Design Center of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and CSIR among others.
The Indian Air Force has included a batch of Tejas aircraft.
Initially, the IAF placed an order with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for 40 Tejas aircraft.