The Aircraft Research and Design Centre (ARDC), a vibrant wing of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), has completed the structural design of the new variant of Light Combat Aircraft, called Tejas Mk1A.
The provisional set of drawings has also been released, which will finally be cleared by the certifying agencies. The additional system design activities are currently in progress. In six-months’ time, new set of equipment will start arriving ahead for integration. By then, the final system design is also expected to be in place.
If HAL sticks to the current timelines, then the integration of new systems will begin early next year, followed by series of rig tests and later the all-critical flight tests.
It is expected close to 200 flight trials will be undertaken before all new systems are being proven as per the requirements and satisfaction of the Indian Air Force (IAF).