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    Thanks for the info – have been dying to hear of HAL developments.

    They seem to be doing an okay job on the LCH – but that may be because they have had little to trip up on so far! And they seem to have no terribly pressing deadlines yet. One can only hope that after delivering the Dhruv, the second design/development cycle is much easier. Also – you mentioned a naval version. I was surprised to hear about it – where can I learn more?

    Regarding the LCA engines, what are the realistic alternatives? I realise that the Russians have slipped up on the delivery of their promised engines. Are they anywhere near completing them? And what is the actual Airforce and HAL line on that? Do we stick to the delay, or take the painfully long joint-development route?

    This bird is too heavily invested in to simply kill off. And it is a matter of pride too, I guess. I simply cannot wait until they get the damn things on the production lines and move on to MarkII and the MCA.

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    Shiv Aroor

    ankur: i’ve posted before about the ALH Navy being in trouble. Here it is:

    since then the navy chief has come on record to say that the ALH Naval variant does not suit the Navy’s needs because the Navy needs greater payload capacity and less vibrations, and HAL has said it is “addressing these needs of the Navy”.

    Regarding your second question, there have been rumours floating around that the air force is unhappy even with the specs of the engine that GTRE would finally make of the Kaveri with a foreign partnership, and that it has been recommended that technology of a higher thrust engine be scouted for and bought outright for license production. highly unlikely that this will happen however. the DRDO lobby on the kaveri goes down as one of the most amazingly wasteful forces in existence. almost all engine manufacturers abroad want a piece of the action. that much we can safely assume!

    MCA.. yeah, definitely. I can’t wait either. Somehow, I’m not holding my breath just yet. Though I should tell you, the new pics of the LCA in the air really put a lump in my throat! 🙂

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    Left wing nut job

    What new pics of the LCA in the air? Will you be posting them? 🙂

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    Thanks for the prompt reply and link. Interesting to hear that the ALH does not meet specification for load capacity! How the hell does something like that happen unless there is a lack of info, or somebody shifts the goalposts?

    I agree – the Kaveri program is now beyond embarrassing. It is important – so let the buggers carry on developing it – but given how wasteful it is, why not join forces with experienced hands? I must say that a tech buy-out will be an expensive short-term option, but will at least deliver a credible aircraft to the primary user.

    Why the hell did we not have any oversight on the project to keep this thing from dragging for so long?!

    And I second left wing nut job’s question about the latest LCA pictures!

    Thanks a lot in advance.


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