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Aeronautical Development Agency has approached Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) for the over Rs 15,000 crore project to build the fifth-generation advanced medium combat aircraft (AMCA) in the country after final clearance from Indian Air Force after it accepted the critical design review (CDR) recently.

The acceptance of the CDR by the Indian Air Force (IAF) opens the way for ADA to begin releasing drawings for the first few prototypes to HAL and its associated partner in the programme, but CCS approval is required first so that the programme can be infused with funds to begin fabrication and ordering of the components and parts.

ADA in the last few years demonstrated key milestone technologies like Internal Weapons Bay (IWB) and S-duct Air intakes before it completed CDR. CCS Clearance itself might take a few months and from the date of CCS clearance, it will take ADA/HAL around 3 years to roll out the prototype and the first flight in one to one and a half years.

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