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Defense Cabinet meeting has approved the LCA MK2 fighter jet. The Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) will design and develop this fighter jet. ADA head Girish Deoradhare said that the LCA MK2 is a 17.5 ton single engine aircraft. With its arrival in the Air Force, Mirage-2000, Jaguar and MiG-29 can be removed. The government has sanctioned about Rs 10,000 crore for this.
Girish said that the first flight of the fighter jet can be done in 2024. Its full development will take five years. Its full production will start by 2027. With the approval of this project, the LCA MK1A will also get a boost. Girish also told that the prototype of LCA MK2 will be developed in a year. The trial work will be completed at the time of development itself.
The first flight of the LCA MK2 may take place in 2024. Which can fly with a weight of 6500 KG.
Capable of flying with a weight of 6500 KG
The special thing is that two crew can sit in it. The length of the fighter jet will be about 40 feet. It is capable of flying with a weight of 6500 kg. Its speed will be 2385 KM / H. Its flight range is 2500 km. It can fly up to a maximum altitude of 56758 feet. It can be fitted with 13 different weapons.
Similar to the Rafale, the LCA Mk 2 can be fitted with 13 different weapons.
LCA Mk 2 Fighter Jet Air-to-Air MICA, ASRAAM, Meteor, Astra, NG-CCM, Air-to-Surface BrahMos-NG ALCM, LRLACM Storm Shadow are planned. Precision guided munitions ie bombs can be planted in this.
LCA MK2 is like Rafale
The engine of the LCA Mk 2 may be made in India. After the primary project, the work of its engine will start.
According to DRDO, if we look at the avionics and other capabilities of LCA Mk2, then it can be kept in the category of Rafale. Its weight is less than the weight of Rafale. Its engine should be made in India. This work will start after the completion of the primary project. Will develop the GE-414 engine. Which will be an advanced version of GE-404S. The Indian Air Force has 30 LCA Tejas aircraft.