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India’s quest for an indigenous 5th generation fighter jet takes a major stride forward. Krishna Rajendra, Project Director for the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) at the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), has announced plans to develop five prototypes with an ambitious target for the first flight by the end of 2028.

Central to the development phase is the creation of five prototypes. These initial AMCA models will undergo rigorous testing to refine the aircraft’s design and functionalities. This testing will encompass critical systems like avionics, sensors, and overall combat performance, ensuring the AMCA is a true force multiplier when it enters service.

The creation of five prototypes underscores the importance placed on thorough testing and refinement. These prototypes will undergo a series of trials to evaluate the AMCA’s performance across various aspects, including:

  • Flight characteristics and maneuverability
  • Onboard avionics and sensor systems
  • Stealth capabilities
  • Overall combat effectiveness

The data collected from these tests will be crucial for optimizing the AMCA’s design and ensuring it meets the Indian Air Force’s exacting requirements.

This ambitious target hinges on a successful four-and-a-half-year development period. The ADA, along with its partner Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), will be spearheading this crucial phase.