SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK
British aerospace manufacturing company, Cobham Limited will be in charge of developing a retractable Actuated probe for air to air refueling missions for India’s upcoming LCA-AFMk2 program after both India and the UK as part of a new strategic partnership between the two countries agreed to cooperate in the development of the 17.5 ton LCA-AFMk2 fighter jet that presently underway in India.
LCA-AFMk2 in scale model has been seen with a fixed probe like seen in the FOC configuration of the Tejas Mk1 fleet, but in LCA-AFMk2 that will be limited to the initial 3 pre-production units that will take to air from 2023 and will be used extensively as flight test and developmental platforms, as HAL and Cobham will be jointly working on the development of retractable Actuated probe for the production version of the aircraft that is expected to roll out from 2028.
Cobham will be in charge of full design, qualification, and certification of the probe that they will jointly develop with HAL that includes MA-2 nozzle providing an improved interface.
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