Nagpur: Light Combat Aircraft `Tejas` which
is scheduled to attain Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) by
this year-end has undergone the second phase of hot weather
trials in the past one week at the AirForce station here.
The first phase of hot weather trails were conducted at
the same venue in May-Jun 2008. On both occasions, the trials
were very well supported by Air Force Station Nagpur.
The objective of the current phase of hot weather trials
is to prove that the aircraft is in IOC configuration with the
weapon system and sensors integrated.
During the trials, the two Tejas aircraft have undertaken
trial sorties especially to check out the aircraft systems
such as Digital Flight Control Computer, Avionics Systems,
Multi Mode Radar, RWR and the Electrical and Environment
Control Systems under extremely high ambient temperature
conditions up to 45 degree Celsius.
The trial team consisted of IAF flight test crew from the
National Flight Test Centre (NFTC) and Scientists/Engineers
from Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Hindustan
Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Bangalore, ADE, NAL, CEMILAC and
DGAQA, defence release said.
During the test flights, data, video and audio from the
test aircraft were transmitted in real time through the fibre
optic connectivity provided by the Air Force AFNET to NFTC
Bangalore, for closer monitoring and detailed analysis.
This facility has proven to be very effective in
optimising overall flight test effort, while enhancing flight
test safety, it said.
The trial team was able to achieve all the objectives
during the week long hectic trials.
The LCA is progressing steadily towards achieving IOC by
end of December 2010 and subsequent entry into service under
the able guidance of P S Subramanyam Director, ADA and the
optimal flight test planning under the leadership of Air
Commodore Rohit Varma VM, Project Director (Flight Test) of
NFTC, the release from Defence PRO here added.