Maiden flight of Naval Light Combat Aircraft carried out

   Apr 27, 7:30 pm

Bangalore, Apr 27 (ANI): The maiden flight of the Naval variant of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) was carried out successfully at the HAL Airport here on Friday.

The first prototype of the LCA Naval variant NP-1, took to the skies at 12: 10 a.m. today. The flight, which lasted for about 20 minutes within the designated flight envelope, had carried out the planned tests successfully.

The test flight was carried out with landing gear extended as a routine practice during the maiden flight. With this successful flight test, the LCA development programme has crossed another major milestone.

The LCA (NP-1) was piloted by Come T.A Maolankar, Chief Test Pilot and co-piloted by Wg Cdr M Prabhu, Flight Test Engineer of NFTC.

The event was witnessed by a host of top dignitaries including Dr. V.K Saraswat, Scientific Advisor and DG (DRDO), Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne, PVSM AVSM VM ADC, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Satish Soni, AVSM, NM, Commandant Air Force Training Command Air Marshal Rajinder Singh, AVSM, VM, Chairman HAL R.K Tyagi, DS and Programme Director (CA) and Director ADA PS Subramanyan, Project Director of LCA Navy, Cmde (Retd) C. D Balaji and Dr. K Tamilmani of CEMILAC.

The development plan of the Naval version envisages building of 2 prototypes, a two-seat trainer (NP-1) and a single seat fighter (NP-2), as technology demonstrators to carry out carrier suitability certification and weapons integration.

HAL is the major partner to ADA, for the Design and Development of the Light Combat Aircraft. In the Naval variant, the responsibilities of HAL include Design of General Systems viz. Fuel System, Environmental Control System, Hydraulics,lectrical, Communication System, Landing Gear, Arrestor Hook, LEVCONodification. HAL is also responsible for manufacturing of prototypes, system integration and installation, ground testing and the Integrated Flight Control System Test facility.

The additional features that the naval version would have when compared to the other version of LCA are the LEVCON (Leading Edge Vortex Control Surface) to reduce the forward speed of the aircraft during carrier landing, Telescopic Landing Gear with high sink rate, Arrester Hook for deck recovery and fuel dump system for emergency deck recovery.

The aircraft is specifically designed for take off from a 14-degree ramp on the aircraft carrier deck and use the Arrester Hook System to facilitate landing within the deck length of 90 meters. (ANI)

BJP tells Congress to be prepared for CBI probe in ambulance scam Oct 21, 6:32 pm
Jaipur/Mumbai, Oct.21 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said on Tuesday that Congress Party leaders should be willing to undergo a CBI probe for their alleged involvement in an ambulance scam.
Full Story
President Mukherjee receives credentials of envoys of five nations Oct 21, 6:32 pm
New Delhi, Oct.21 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday received the credentials from the envoys of five nations at a ceremony held here in Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Full Story
Politicos slam PPP's decision to protest over Kashmir in London Oct 21, 6:26 pm
Samba/ New Delhi, Oct.21 (ANI): Political leaders on Tuesday dismissed the Pakistan Peoples Party's (PPP) move to protest over the Kashmir issue as meaningless.
Full Story
Visually impaired children make lamps, candles to spread light this Diwali Oct 21, 6:26 pm
Varanasi/Guwahati, Oct.21 (ANI): Ahead of Diwali, visually impaired children in Varanasi and Guwahati have learnt the craft of making lamps and candles to showcase their capabilities and achievements in order to bring cheer to their dark world. With their new-found craft, the children aim at empowerment hope to share the spirit of Diwali with everyone.
Full Story
Comments

LATEST STORIES
TOP VIDEO STORIES
PHOTO GALLERY