Fourth LCA Tejas Flies
01 Dec 2005
On Thursday 1 December 2005, a new prototype of India's indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) successfully completed its first test flight. The flight lasted 26 minutes and was piloted by Wing Commander Vikram SignhIndian Air Force, who is attached to the Aircraft Systems and Testing Establishment (ASTE).
The PV-2 prototype has now joined the LCA test fleet, which also include Technology Demonstrators TD-1 and TD-2, and the PV-1 prototype. PV-2 incorporates additional use of composite materials to save weight as well as the integration of modular avionics system with open architecture.
Previously it was reported that PV-2 was expected to be first flown in June 2005. PV-2 is presenting a big step towards LCA production standard. The Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) is now starting work on two final single-seat prototypes (PV-3 and PV-4) which are expected to be build close to production standard. Additionally, the development of a seventh prototype (PV-5) for the two-seat trainer version is underway.