‘Overweight’ Tejas not able to meet requirements, says Navy

The Indian Navy has rejected the naval version of the indigenous Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA).
The Tejas Light Combat Aircraft at Bhopal Airport...
India TV News Desk New Delhi December 03, 2016 8:17 IST

The Indian Navy has rejected the naval version of the indigenous Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA).

Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of Naval Staff, while citing ‘overweight’ as one the reasons for ruling out Tejas for aircraft carriers, said that ‘it is not being able to meet the requirements’.

He said that the Nay is now looking to induct an alternative fighter from abroad in the next five to six years.

"As far as the carrier-based aircraft is concerned, we need it in a time line of the induction of the aircraft carrier. We have the MiG 29K, which operates from Vikramaditya and will operate from (indigenous aircraft carrier) IAC Vikrant. We were also hoping to operate the LCA from these two aircraft carriers,” he said.

"But unfortunately, the LCA is not being able to meet the carrier's required capability. That is why we need an alternative aircraft to operate from these two aircraft carriers," he added.

He said that at the moment the Navy is in the process of identifying the aircraft that will meet its requirements.

"If you look around the world, there are not too many options available and we need this carrier capable aircraft sooner than later. So, I am looking at next five-six years," he said.

LCA-Tejas is an indigenously built fighter aircraft and has been inducted into the Indian Air Force.

Lanba said that the navy is still encouraging India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to develop the Naval LCA.

The Navy Chief said that it is also looking at UAVs which can operate from ships and autonomous sub-surface vehicles for surveillance.

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