Indian Air Force requirements of military aircraft as early as possible to improve on the LCA upgrade
on the plateau on the light aircraft taking off and landing test of the LCA
According to India, “Indian Defense Online” website December 7, 2009 report by the Indian Air Force has recently purchased 20 “glorious” (Tejas) light fighter (LCA), but also to the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) request, hope to upgrade as soon as possible to improve the aircraft.
India is a “brilliant” to buy 99 fighter engine to improve its contract valued at $ 750 million, but so far only two companies – the European jet engine company (Eurojet) and the U.S. General Electric Company (General Electric) took part in the tender. Government of India is the technical performance of these two engines to assess. Although the two companies are trying to fight to win the contract, but the final decision will depend on the Indian Defense Ministry.
Some analysts believe that a variety of reasons, the Indian Air Force may make concessions and accept the U.S. General Electric F414 engines. One important reason is price, Europe provided EJ200 jet engine than the F414 engine is much more expensive. In addition, the increasingly close US-India military ties to the U.S. companies more opportunities to win the deal. (China Aviation Industry Development Research Center Chen Li)
Photos: India made a successful maiden flight two-seater LCA aircraft flying without any fault