Debunking some media reports of Indian Navy taking on lease 36 Rafale M from Dassault Aviation for aircraft carrier operations for the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier INS Vikrant, has been confirmed that no such plans exist and 41 Mig-29K presently in the active fleet of the Indian Navy will continue to be operated till they are retired in 2035 and replaced by the Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF).

when asked about the present status of the TEDBF program, was told that wind tunnel testing of the program has been going on both the design model proposed and the navy will decide by end of this year which model will be selected to go into production. ADA and Navy are planning to roll out a prototype of TEDBF by 2025 to have its first flight by 2026.

TEDBF will be sharing Mission Computer, Fire control Radar, engine and cockpit instrumental panels, and most of its components from the LCA AF Mk2 program so there is no additional stress of developing from scratch. HAL is in charge of designing new landing gears for the program and NP-5 will incorporate new landing gears that will be used as TD for the TEDBF, folding wing mechanism is the only other major challenge in the program that never has been done before.

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