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Native Lightness Of Touch

Native Lightness Of Touch
Native Lightness Of Touch
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Amade-in-India fighter jet with a videshi heart (read American engine). This sums up the indigenous light combat aircraft (LCA), India’s new, mean war machine and the IAF’s ‘sheet anchor’ for the next decade. The first two of Tejas (the name given to the LCA by Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee) squadrons of 50 aircraft each will be powered by General Electric’s F-404 engines.

Despite the jubilation over 70-odd glitch-free flights of the LCA’s two technology demonstrators (TD-I and TD-II), there’s tension among defence ministry technocrats. Kaveri, the indigenous engine to power the fighter aircraft, is yet to clear a slew of tests. Designed at the Gas Turbine Research Establishment, Bangalore, the engine is now in Russia for extensive tests. "It looks like the engine will complete these tests and be fitted into the LCA by 2006, which will be followed by test flights. It might receive a certification in 2010. We’ve no choice but to buy the F-404 engines so that the fighters are ready for...

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