Tejas mk 2 to become indian MRCAMay 18,2018 SOURCE: Indiandefensenews
Tejas Mk-2 to become a medium weight fighter ADA has finalised the systems and is looking to freeze the design of the fighter in a couple of months. It is expected to have a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 17.5 tonnes with an improvement of over 85% in weapons and payload carrying capacity to that of Tejas Mk-1 LCA. This would bring the MTOW of Tejas Mk-2 between Gripen NG and F-16 Block 70, redesignating it as a medium weight fighter. For comparison, Tejas Mk-1 has a design MTOW of 13.5 tonnes. “The LCA was designed to replace the MiG-21aircraft, whereas the Mk-2 is being designed to replace the Mirage 2000,” Dr Girish Deodhar, programme director of ADA said. “It is being redesignated as a medium weight fighter.” The IAF has inducted over six Tejas Mk-1 fighters in its No. 45 Squadron 'Flying Daggers' that is based in Sulur. It has placed an order for 40 Tejas with an additional order for 83 more fighters in the pipeline. India has finalised the GE-414 engine for the Mk-2 version. The Kaveri engine, currently being developed with the help of Safran will not be ready in time.