At 12.10PM tomorrow, the aviation world will for the first time see the first prototype of India’s Light Combat Aircraft (Navy), the country’s first indigenous combat aircraft for carrier operations. Defence Minister AK Antony and Chief of Navy Staff Admiral Nirmal Verma will preside over the event.
After the LCA Navy conducts its first few flights starting December this year (if all goes well, i.e.), the platform will begin formal testing at the Shore-based Test Facility (STBF) under construction by Goa Shipyard Ltd at the INS Hansa naval air station in Goa which will be the centrepoint for the entire schedule of testing for the platform. The Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) is making preparations at INS Hansa with a mobile telemetry station, a full-fledged monitoring facility, a data storage and retrieval facility for all flight data generated, an optical and satellite link for transferring data between Goa and Bangalore, a calibration room, a data processing room and briefing conference rooms, offices for project director, engineers, flight-test crew, chief of flight test and supporting staff.
Stay tuned for updates and photos.