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16 Comments on "LCA Tejas Flight Test Chief’s Candid Review Of Aircraft"

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3 years 9 months ago

Issues… since we missed… the industrial revolution… completely… think through… and through… address this… aspect… once addressed… India moves forward… not… all fields… gets affected… leads to… zero governance…

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3 years 9 months ago

Great Analysis, however I disagree that such Military strategic programs be under the purview of "Political entity". Instead it should be lead by a General level Military entity. Indian politicians are not from scientific, industrial or management backgrounds, hence their poor oversight is what cause problems in implementation of such state projects.

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3 years 9 months ago
"There are even insinuations that this aircraft has been more of a success to the scientists in lab coats than to the war fighter in flight suits. True; this fine aircraft has been hostage to a series of systemic shortcomings" This kind of comment comes only from a mindset with zero exposure to Research and development process Research and development means shortcomings will be there, if there is none, then we are not doing R and D, regardless of what we are trying to develop. We must build on what we learned and not try to create or expect to… Read more »
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3 years 9 months ago

After reading in between the lines of test Chief's "candid" review, we come to know that IAF, is no different than Army when it comes to corruption and kickbacks. Only difference is IAF is more suave in it's approach to con the nation than Army.
The IAF never wanted this aircraft from the very beginning. The reason being indigenous jets don't yield any kickbacks for our top brass, babus and mantris. Tejas program is redux of Arjun tank.

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3 years 9 months ago

Couldn't agree with the article more especially the comments on the industry not being aware of how to operate and use millitary aircraft. As a former aircraft engineer in the services to working with HAL post retirement on several projects I have personal experience of the issues mentioned above. This creates problems in operationalising and smooth induction of aircraft into service.

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3 years 9 months ago

IAF and IA strategy… won't drink milk till… get choclate (phorien deals)… inbetween war happens… IAF & IA… has jawans & air warriors… as connon fodder…

Hrishikesh
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3 years 9 months ago
"Tejas is a wonderful flying machine". All the IAF pilots who have flown it say this. The issues outlined are the ones which the program is battling and that is why it is absolutely imperative to get it done. Last mile is absolutely the toughest one. Like everyone IAF has to go through a complete mindset change. Moreover there has to be project management expertise. I was spoke with someone closely associated with the test program last year and he echoed the same sentiments especially around building industrial base. We are not only building an aircraft but also the testing… Read more »
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rahul
3 years 9 months ago

the tejas as we call it a leap toward indigenous avionics design…the progress in the technology was inhereted time and again which delayed d project .better late than never.. following the NTPC when the americans imposed restrictions, the engine proposed could not be brought in..anywaz d way ahead is developing metallurgy for us to design indgenous engines .which will prove our worth in aviation engg. funding of projects at colleges is a good idea but lets see what d diplomats have to say about this

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3 years 9 months ago

We only want to buy Phoren so that our babus, mantris, and armed forces personnel can go on Phoren trips.

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3 years 9 months ago
Tejas is definetly not a groundbreaking plane in any technological area. It is not going to break any records in speed, stealth, maneouvrability or operational capabilities. Instead, Tejas should be mostly viewed, and appreciated, as a very important step in the learning and development of native indian technological know how. Something that many other countries like USA, United Kingdom, France and Russia had to go through to achieve a higher level of sophistication.India is learning (and that is a good thing) how to design and produce from scratch highly complicated flying weapon platforms. It is a long and expensive process,… Read more »
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3 years 9 months ago

what i think that the problems are1-The political will for indigenisation of military technology i mean hal can deliver an helo dhruv in 4,5years and the same can not deliver an avg fighter in 29 yrs.2-The difficiency of technocrats in R N D field.If we talk about a particular state say up then their are more than 500 engg. Colleges and around a million of engineers passout every year those from reputed institutions get campus placement and remaining became the fodder for the coaching institutes in delhi or hayderabad.

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captainjohann
3 years 9 months ago

Brilliant account by a patriotic pilot. A must read fro all babus of Delhi

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3 years 9 months ago
Muthanna praises the ASR given by IAF as world class documenet comparing it to some US standards in 1994. But IAF could not anticipate the need for longer range BVR weighing significantly heavier with even more launch stress on wings than the one’s available in the eighties. This lack of foresight is also one of the reason for delays, and weight increase in Tejas which led to the kaveri engine’s thrust falling below the level required for Tejas , because later wings needed to be significantly strengthened to carry long range heavy BVRs. As usual it is quite easy to… Read more »
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3 years 9 months ago
LCA had a radome dia almost equal to that of RAFALE, so that it can technically house the same diameter radar as RAFALE and fire the same METEOR missile as RAFALE does with almost the same RCS.What is surprising is so called critics almost seem to forget this critical fact ,the extra stengthening of the wings is a fact posted in an article by former SA to Pm like A.Partahsarahty and head of the procurement committee Raman Puri.And no one from IAF contested it till date. The original ASR of IAF says a weapon weight of 4 tons. Now mk-2… Read more »
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3 years 9 months ago
http://www.hindu.com/2008/03/09/stories/2008030955051000.htm Ashok Parthasarathi was Science Adviser to Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Vice- Admiral (retired) Raman Puri was Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman, Committee of Service Chiefs, remaining closely involved with the inter-service weapons acquisition process from October 2003 to February 2006 In the link above RAMAN PURI explicitly says that Tejas will remain at the cutting edge of the IAF even after the induction of MMRCA contender.He is the head of procurement who handled MMRCA tender. The fighter had a developmental time line almost equal to that of TYPHOON , even with delayed funding due to the… Read more »
Elizabeth J. Neal
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2 years 1 month ago

There are even insinuations that this aircraft has been more of a success to the scientists in lab coats than to the war fighter in flight suits. True; this fine aircraft has been hostage to a series of systemic shortcomings. There are significant lessons here for the Indian aviation industry. It is vitally important that these lessons are imbibed in order to move forward coherently in building a strong aeronautics industry in this country. luxury travel

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