Light Combat Aircraft’s naval variant to be ready by May

Bangalore: The first flight of the naval version of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) is expected to take place by May this year.
The Naval Prototype-1 (NPT1), which was rolled out last year, is undergoing integration tests in Bangalore.
Cmde (Retd) CD Balaji, project director LCA Navy, said integration tests are on and the aircraft is currently suspended on bungee cords for undergoing a series of tests.
Following this, the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), the nodal agency for the design and development of the LCA programme, is expected to start the aircraft engine for testing.
A series of ground tests followed by taxi trails will precede the first flight which is expected in May.
As part of the Aircraft Carrier Capability Testing (CCT), ADA will also have to carry trails at the Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF) which is currently being built at the Naval Air Station in Goa. The SBTF replicates an aircraft carrier having Restraining gear and Ski-jump for take-off.
10/02/11 Hemanth CS/Daily News & Analysis

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