Government of India finally gives clearance to Navy Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) for development. The fighter jet is set to take first flight in 2026.
The fighter jet was proposed for the deck operations by ADA (Aeronautical Development Agency) last year to replace Navy deck based jet MIG 29K which is operational on INS Vikramaditya.
The Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) has given the green signal for the development of a twin engine deck based made in India fighter jet. The development phase is expected to cost between Rs 7,000 and Rs 8,000 crore.
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Government has given the green signal to ADA after the successful trial of landings of the Tejas-N fighter on Navy aircraft carrier. The Indian Navy rejected tha Tejas-N aircraft for the deck operations as the single engine platform isn’t a reliable option for Navy.
According to a defence journalist Vishnu Som, the development of this aircraft was discussed on May 22 at ADA’s Annual General Body meet, its highest governing body. The meeting was chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and was attended by the Navy and Air Force Chiefs. Subsequent to this meeting, the Operational Requirements (ORs) for the new fighter were issued by the Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Navy).
TEDBF is going to use 2 General Electric F414 engine, ADA also planned Canards for this aircraft. These Canards provide an extra aerodynamic control to the surface.
TEDBF aircraft will be of similar weight category of MIG 29K. Many believes that this is good decision by development agencies as converting Navy Aircraft for Airforce is comparatively much easier than converting an Airforce aircraft for Navy.