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ADA to develop fifth generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft by 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Satish   
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Hyderabad: The Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Defence, has started working on a twin engine 5th generation stealth multirole fighter, known as the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) to complement the light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas and the heavy combat aircraft,Sukhoi, in the Indian Air Force.

According to PS Subramanyam, Programme Director (combat aircraft) and Director of ADA, the government has already sanctioned Rs.100 crores for the design and development of the AMCA and he is confident that the ADA will receive a further $2-billion in the next 18 months to develop two technology demonstrators and seven prototypes for the first flight test which is expected to take place in 2017.

A large part of the aircraft will be built of carbon composites  and it will also feature serpentine shaped air-intakes, internal weapon bays equipped with missiles like the Astra and other advanced missiles, in addition to stand-off and precision weapons.

A wind tunnel model of the AMCA was displayed at AeroIndia 2009. The AMCA has been designed with a very small radar cross-section which is part of the stealth technology to prevent detection by enemy radar. It  would have an operational range of 30 km and will come equipped with GTX Kaveri engine with thrust vectoring to give the aircraft  super-cruise capabilities.

According to Subramanyam, it would probably be the first medium combat aircraft in the world having a weight of 20 tonnes when compared to similar aircraft being designed by Russia and the USA that weigh 30-35 tonnes.

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