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Vinod Kumar, project director of the LCA (Navy) and TEDBF at ADA confirmed that the CATOBAR(Catapult Assisted Take-Off But Arrested Recovery) variant of the TEDBF will be developed when the Indian Navy finalizes the final configuration of the Second Indigenous Aircraft carrier.

TEDBF which is under development will support STOBAR (Short TakeOff But Arrested Recovery) system that uses a ski-jump ramp on the INS Vikrant and INS Vikramaditya for takeoff from the aircraft carrier. Kumar said that once the aircraft carrier configuration is confirmed the launch bar for the redesigned nose landing gear will be designed for CATOBAR operations.

The catapult system shuttle pulls the aircraft’s bar and the plane attached moves from zero to takeoff speed in about a few seconds in increasing acceleration. The designers need to know the exact force and speed of the catapult system shuttle pull system before a redesigned nose landing gear is designed. catapult system offers rapid-fire acceleration data which is important in the development of nose landing gear.

CATOBAR system provides greater flexibility in carrier operations and allows fighter aircraft to carry a greater payload for ordnance and fuel and the Navy is planning to have it on the 65000-ton second aircraft carrier it is planning to develop. The Navy is evaluating Next-Gen Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) system and conventional steam catapult system for a new aircraft carrier.

Indian Navy has confirmed plans to procure 45 STOBAR TEDBF variants for its two aircraft carriers from 2031 onwards and might procure 45 more CATOBAR TEDBF variants for the second indigenous aircraft carrier when it is ready.

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