The LCA-Navy desperately needs the services of a technological consultant to tweak the platform’s landing gear and arrestor hook design configuration and conduct an urgent audit of the work done so far — in addition to helping solve some critical airframe weight issues.
“There are some issues which need to be dealt with before we can progress. We are at an advanced stage of discussions with EADS and are hoping to stick to our timeline as much as possible,” an official said. As reported earlier on LiveFist, the LCA-Navy’s first prototype looks forward to a roll out in two months time, followed by three months of rigorous ground tests for confidence. Time is now absolutely critical, and the ADE has set the latter half of December as a window for a possible first flight.