SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK
As per official information sourced from Annual report of Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) compiled together by idrw.org on India’s AMCA 5th Generation Fighter project , Government of India had sanctioned to carryout feasibility studies of design and development of Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) on 5th Oct 2010, at a cost of Rs.90.5 Crores, for a duration of 1 ½ years initially and st subsequently PDC was extended upto 31 March 2017 .
AMCA Feasibility Report: Feasibility studies have been carried out based on IAF’s Top Level Operational Requirements and completed the scope of the project. Feasibility Report was compiled and Review held in November 2013. Feasibility Report was updated in October 2015 with various activities carried out post the reviews and submitted to Air HQ and Hon’ble Raksha Mantri.
Present Status: AMCA configuration has been arrived after considerable refinements and it was accepted by Indian Air Force. Currently, the validation tests are being conducted.These are AMCA intake model of 1:1 scale for RCS test, 2nd campaign of high speed wind tunnel tests, static intake test,dynamic & rotary derivative tests for generating un-steady data etc. Also a simulator has been developed which would be used for sizing the system and refining the architecture . The technology development and testing projects are being continued at various work centres.
PSQR Finalization: DA received Draft Preliminary Services Qualitative Requirements (PSQRs) for AMCA in September 2014 from Air HQ for study and feedback. Appreciation of requirements document was forwarded to Air HQ for finalizing PSQRs. Reviews have been held by VCAS, DCAS and ACAS (Plans).
AMCA latest Configuration and development approach are accepted by IAF. First two/three prototypes will fly with proven 90kN class engine and 110 kN class engine will be installed in a phased th manner from 4 prototype onwards. PSQR is being amended by IAF towards finalization.
Powerplant: It has been communicated by Air HQ that the AMCA should be powered by 110 kN class engine. GE, Euroject and Rolls Royce have proposed G-G route for AMCA powerplant. A final decision is awaited.
Business Models and Execution Methods: As part of AMCA feasibility, various possible scenarios of AMCA Programme execution were studied which includes participation of Indian and foreign aircraft houses in various collaborative modes. AMCA team with the help of Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB) has carried out the strategic analysis of possible candidate Programme Execution Models (i) Joint Venture (JV) with International Aircraft House (IAH) & Domestic Aircraft House (DAH), (ii) JV with IAH, (iii) JV with DAH and IAH as consultant and (iv) IAH as consultant), for the Design & Development, Production and Product Support phases of AMCA Programme.
Based on the Analysis & Discussions, it can be concluded that the Execution Model ‘JV with IAH & DAH’ is the unanimous first choice of the Experts for attaining the defined Programme Goals in the AMCA Programme. The Execution Model ‘JV with IAH’ stands in the second place followed by ‘JV with DAH and IAH as Consultant’ and ‘IAH as Consultant’ in the third and fourth places respectively.
AMCA – NAVY: Indian Navy (IN) Projected requirement for Naval variant of AMCA and forwarded Top Level Operational Requirements ( Vide Letter No : AO/9670/NAMCA, dated 7th Sep 2015). Meeting held with VCNS on 24th Nov 2015 at Naval Head Quarters and discussions held on Way Forward for AMCA – Navy.
Way Forward: Permission may be given to initiate next phase of activities. In-principle approval for submission of CCS papers and Lead-in project has been sought.
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