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HAL TEJAS MARK 2 EXPECTED TO BE RELEASED IN 2023

HAL TEJAS MARK 2 EXPECTED TO BE RELEASED IN 2023

Context:

Indigenously-Developed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft-Mk2 will be launched in 2023.

HAL Tejas Mark 2:

  • It is also known as Medium Weight Fighter (MWF).
  • It is an Indian single-engine, canard delta wing Multirole combat aircraft.
  • It is designed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) in collaboration with the Aircraft Research and Design Centre (ARDC) of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Indian Air Force (IAF).
  • It is a further development of the HAL Tejas, with an elongated airframe, new sensors, close-coupled canards, and a more powerful engine.
  • It is being designed and developed to replace multiple strike fighters of IAF viz, SEPECAT Jaguar, Dassault Mirage 2000 and MiG-29.

Significance of MWF Programme:

  • The development of Tejas Mark 2 or MWF was started to address all the shortcomings in Tejas Mark 1 and Mark 1A, and to meet the original Air Staff Requirements (ASR) set out for the LCA programme by the IAF.
  • Its development was authorised in November 2009 as a continuation of the LCA programme, under phase 3 of the full-scale engineering development (FSED) process.
  • Initially planned as an upsized Tejas, with a 0.5 m fuselage plug to accommodate more fuel and a more powerful engine, the Tejas Mark 2 design has evolved over years into a completely new medium-weight class fighter.

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