Thursday, July 8, 2010

Indian Navy's first Light Combat Aircraft to Fly in October This Year

The first prototype of Navy's first Light Combat Aircraft , a trainer called NP1, will fly in October followed by the fighter version, NP2.The LCA Navy and the aircraft-carrier are expected to be ready by 2014, Mr Antony said. Two more prototypes were sanctioned in December 2009.The SBTF and the naval prototypes are estimated to cost Rs 1,700 crore.The ADA Director, Dr P.S. Subrahmanyam, said the re-jig for the Navy was challenging. The aircraft still needs to shed 400 kg and the landing gear has to be perfected.The ship-borne aircraft has to take off within 200 metres against Air Force version's 800 metres; and land within 90 metres, a tenth of land-based landing length.
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