All ADA, DRDO and co has achieved here is, to get the version that was used at the roll out in the air, but there is still a loooong way to go till we see a real carrier version. Btw, who said that the airframe is strenghtended now? This version is based on the MK1 with the GE 404 engine, that means it already will face the overweight issues and already has added even more weight with LEVCONS and heavier gears. For basic flight and landing tests, you don't need further airframe strenghtenings, that's why I believe that they will add this part only on the later versions based on MK2 changes.
The Indian Navy, Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and the others that constitute Team LCA (light combat aircraft) have been successful in getting the first prototype of the LCA naval variant LCA-NP 1 airborne.
The next challenge staring in the eye will be to evolve a testing methodology to check the compatibility of the aircraft on the Indian Navy carriers.
The Indian Navy, along with ADA, has sought the help of the United States Navy to share its expertise while resolving some of these issues, although the US will not have full privy to the design and development of the indigenous aircraft.
“With the US having over half-a-century of experience in developing and maintaining carrier-borne aircraft, we are getting valuable help from to resolve issues, especially with the undercarriage and related problems,” a source familiar with the developments said.
Sources in the Navy said the US Navy is not being paid for the consultancy as the arrangement is a government-to-government arrangement. “We only take care of their travel accommodation and other requirements,” a source said.
Under the memorandum of understanding signed for the purpose, the US consultancy will not cover design-specific or commercial aspects.
It is specifically for carrier-borne operations and they are also helping Team LCA with crucial technologies like the ski jump take off and arrest landing –– technologies that make the LCA naval version a great asset for the Indian Navy –– allowing it to take off from vessels during war and other counter-insurgency operations and land back on them.
Speaking to Deccan Herald, ADA Chief P S Subrahmanya said: “The US Navy Carrier Suitability Test Team is, in fact, conducting audits of our test findings which has been very beneficial for us given the fact that this is India’s first attempt at developing a carrier-borne fighter.”
INS Vikramaditya is a Russian carrier, IAC 1 will have the same Russian STOBAR design, we bought 45 x Russian Migs to operate them from these carriers and still we don't go to the Russians for assistance to navalise LCA, but to the US??? Where is the logic and why so complicated???
Hold on, everything will happen..
step1: Basic design test, Take off and landing on flat runway (HAL airport), find the issue and fix it
Step2: Take off from ramp, landing on land, find the issue and fix it,
step 3: Take off from ramp, landing on ramp, find the issue and fix it.
step 4: take off from Carrier and land on land , find the issue and fix it
step 5: take off from carrier, land on carrier There must not be any major issue, else there won't be any plane to fix it
Step6: Weapon/radar integration, find the issue and fix it.
Step 7: IOC, find the issue and fix it
Step 8: FoC , find the issue and fix it.
Step 9: at any stage , it is found that we need to go back, go to respective step and redo the process.
Right now we are at step 1, I thing NAVY is wishing that DRDO should complete till Step2, so that they can fly it from Vikadi and land it at GoA.... NAVY has to be pushy, coz without danda *(stick) things didn't work
As a senior member Sancho is expected to know these steps.
And if they needed 2 years to get this version in the air without any important changes, we can expect a long time till we see any N-LCA version to land and take off from one of our carriers.
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