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The Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) is at the forefront of India’s aerospace endeavours, particularly in the development of the Twin-Engine Deck-Based Fighter (TEDBF) jets for the Indian Navy. In a bid to ensure these fighters are combat-ready 24/7, ADA is investing heavily in next-generation technologies.

Precision in aircraft positioning and orientation plays a pivotal role in the success of automatic takeoff (ATOL) and automatic carrier landing systems (ACLS). These challenges intensify when landing on aircraft carriers due to the ever-shifting touchdown point caused by the carrier’s motion and dynamics.

ADA recognizes the critical need for accurately determining an aircraft’s position concerning runways, whether for shore-based operations or carrier landings. Unlike shore-based operations, the absolute position accuracy of the aircraft isn’t the primary concern for ATOL and ACLS. Instead, the focus is on ensuring the aircraft’s relative accuracy concerning specific points on the runway, an aspect that’s of paramount importance.

ADA and the Indian Navy are using LCA-Navy Prototypes harnessing advanced technologies to address these various challenges. Many Key areas of technological investment have been identified:

Highest MTBF and Lowest MTTR: TEDBF being a Deck-based fighter jet needs to highest Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) and the lowest Mean Time To Repair (MTTR) to ensure that fully serviceable aircraft are readily available on deck 24/7. This is essential for maintaining a high operational tempo during combat situations.

On-Condition Maintenance: The Navy is keen on Implementing on-condition maintenance and facilitating fast turnaround times for all roles enabling high-tempo operations over sustained periods.

Low-Speed Control: TEDBF will feature Exceptional low-speed control for precise flight path positioning and to ensure safe deck landings, whether it’s day or night.

Auto Throttle System: TEDBF will feature an Auto Throttle System to reduce pilot workload during carrier approach and landing, enhancing safety and operational efficiency.

Automatic Carrier Landing System (ACLS): ADA is also working on the development of a fully Automatic Carrier Landing System (ACLS) for test aircraft flight trials. This technology is expected to further streamline and enhance carrier-based operations.

ADA aims to ensure that TEDBF Deck-Based Fighter Jets are not only combat-ready but also excel in meeting the demanding requirements of naval aviation, day or night, under various operational scenarios.

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