Sri Lanka is said to be interested in India’s Light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas, the multi-role light fighter that is in development with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Indian media reported.
“Though the aircraft has been in development for some years now, India's southern neighbour Sri Lanka is said to be interested in LCA Tejas. Sources close to India Today (via IDRW) have said Sri Lanka could be a possible export customer,” reports said.
LCATejas recently showcased its acrobatic skills successfully at Bahrain International Airshow 2016, a first such display outside India.
It had been previously reported that Sri Lanka had shown interest in the Sino-Pakistani collaborative multi-role jet fighter JF-17 Thunder, but the country's defence minister denied such reports. It was also suggested that the one of the reasons for the cancellation could be New Delhi's "diplomatic missive" deferring it from buying the JF-17 Thunder.
During the recent Bahrain International Airshow 2016, the HAL chief had revealed several countries had enquired about LCA Tejas after its successful showcase.
LCA Tejas was seen performing 8-G (gravity) pull, vertical loop, slow fly-past and barrel roll, and the officials present at the event termed the flight a "historic event".
Recently, LCA Tejas test-fired Derby Beyond Visual Air-to-Air missile and there will be more such tests.
The aircraft is yet to obtain its Final Operational Clearance (FOC) as it has to receive certification of the integration of Derby BVR missiles and GSh-23 autocannon, air-to-air refuelling probe, increase in the angle of attack, and enhanced braking system quartz model of nose cone radome.
An upgraded LCA Tejas MK-1A will feature modern AESA radar, and aerial refuelling probe better for service maintenance. The Indian Air Force has reportedly ordered over 100 Tejas MK-1As.
The Mark 2 version of the aircraft is a more advanced version that will feature a powerful engine and incorporate fifth-generation jet fighter elements.
nalaka Thursday, 11 February 2016 12:17
then why not the pakistak air craft which is much better in performance
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aruna Thursday, 11 February 2016 12:39
We need drones not this crap
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Gobba Thursday, 11 February 2016 12:50
How many earmarked for deployment in the IAF ?
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Wazza Thursday, 11 February 2016 12:57
I dont understand why this gov has to let India decide what jets we have to purchase! The cost of a Teja is $28 mill USD which has not seen combat at all in comparison to the Mig 29 war horse that has proven its battle capabilities and has a history and only cost $29 million USD. Who are they trying to fool? I would seriously like to know who these weapons analyst are for the SL defence force.
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Sam Thursday, 11 February 2016 17:34
F-15A/B: US$27.9 million F-15C/D: US$29.9 million And from the States/
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Cham Thursday, 11 February 2016 17:06
This government is played like a fiddle by India...
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Saurav Friday, 12 February 2016 09:50
LCA is still under development. It has been in dev since 1980. Only the tejas mark 2 version will be 4.5 GEN fighter but that will be ready by 2020. Sri Lanka should go for US or Russian fighters. Pakistan - China JF fighters are junk. It is 3rd GEN fighter and can be defeated easily by MIG 21s.
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