Tejas light combat aircraft bulks up into medium weight category

Repeated IAF demands for more capability likely to delay Mark 2

Tejas light combat aircraft
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Ajai Shukla New Delhi
The Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA), which was developed to replace the MiG-21/MiG-27 light fighters in the Indian Air Force (IAF), will not remain a light fighter much longer.
 
Numerous additional capabilities demanded by the Indian Air Force (IAF) for the Tejas Mark 2, which is still on the drawing board, will increase the weight of the 14.5 tonne aircraft by three tonnes, into the 17.5 tonne medium fighter class.
 
“We now call the Tejas Mark 2 a medium weight fighter, or MWF”, said a senior Tejas designer in a classified briefing in New Delhi on Friday, which

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First Published: Mar 30 2019 | 2:08 AM IST

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