India joins elite club of fighter aircraft carriers

India is well on its way to becoming one of the world’s elite nations in terms of fighter aircraft carriers, after it successfully tested the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) tail hook and correctly caught the arresting wire from the ground.

The catching of arresting wire is the step stage in aircrafts being able to land on a fighter carrier and achieving it is no small feat. As only the US, Europe, Russia and China are able to land fighter jets on carriers. Just landing a fighter plan on a fighter carrier is immensely difficult, as the airstrip is in motion while the plane slows down as quickly as possible and not to mention catching the arresting wire.

The Tejas LCA which is manufactured in India by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), will no doubt become the pride of the Indian air fleet, as it affirms that India is steadily becoming a force to be reckoned with when it comes to military and fighter jets. The Tejas LCA, is not without its challenges as it has missed the deadline for operational clearance. But the Indian government has already planned for the production of new Tejas LCA’s, because many of their older fighter jets will become obsolete by the next decade.

India at the moment has 32 squadrons (10 of which are Russian made near retirement) and their plan is to build up the air force until it has forty squadrons, a squadron having eighteen to twenty fighter jets. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has already being contracted to build up to 20 Tejas LCA’s, while there are plans in works by the Indian Defence Ministry to build fighter carriers locally in Indian with a due date set for 2021-23.

 

Source: nationalinterest.org

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