Thursday, August 30, 2012

Update : HAL AMCA - Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft

The Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), formerly known as the Medium Combat Aircraft (MCA), is a single-seat, twin-engine fifth-generation stealth multirole fighter being developed by HAL. In Indian Air Force, it will complement the HAL Tejas, the Sukhoi/HAL FGFA, the Sukhoi Su-30 MKI and the Dassault Rafale.

Unofficial design work on the AMCA has been started. A naval version is confirmed as Indian Navy also contributed to the funding. The AMCA will be designed with a very small radar cross-section and will also feature serpentine shaped air-intakes, internal weapons and the use of composites. A wind-tunnel testing model of the MCA airframe was seen at Aero-India, 2009.

An artist impression of HAL AMCA ( Image Courtesy - 

AMCA will be equipped with missiles like DRDO Astra and Precision Guided Munitions. The aircraft will feature extended detection and targeting range with the ability to release weapons at supersonic speeds. The aircraft's avionics suite will include AESA radar, electronic warfare systems and all aspect missile warning suite. AMCA is in  preliminary design phase from August, 2011. The final design is expected to be shown to the air force by 2012, after which full scale development on the aircraft may start.

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  2. AMCA is a highly advanced project taken up by a country like India. HAL TEJAS project started in 1980's and still it has not been fully deployed in Indian Armed forces. What do you think, should India wait for the AMCA or Dassault Rafale deal or should India have gone for the F-35 Lightning 2 by American aviation giant Lockheed Martin ?

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