The TEDBF (Twin Engine deck Based Fighter) program will soon be taken as a priority mission after Navy decided to drop plans to procure 37 Deck-based fighter jets from an International vendor for operations from aircraft carrier as ADA and Navy are close to finalizing the final design specifications of the proposed 4.5++ Gen Deck based fighter program to be called as TEDBF that will replace Russian Mig-29K from 2035.

ADA has estimated that the TEDBF Research and Development program cost will be around 13000 crores that first needs to be cleared from the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) out of which 60% will come from the Government and 40% from the Navy’s Budget for which ADA and Navy need to first agree on minimum order unit of the jet that will go into production. as per information provided to, ADA-Navy will settle on 100 units of TEDBF that will be enough for three carrier strike groups (CSG).

ADA at Aero India 2021 had said that the rollout of the prototype will happen in 2025 and the first flight has been scheduled for 2026 and production in 2029-30. DRDO chief has confirmed that prototypes of the TEDBF will be powered by the American F414-GE-INS6 but the production batches will switch to a new high-powered 110kN thrust class engine that GTRE jointly plans to develop with the Rolls-Royce.

In a bit of new development, the Navy has not ruled out the development of a Naval-AMCA that may or may not be used as a deck-based fighter jet in very small numbers.

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