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The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) made a significant impact at the Dubai Air Show by unveiling the scale model of the Indian Navy’s forthcoming Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF). This marked the first public appearance of the scale model, drawing attention for its unique design.

The TEDBF, weighing 26 tons, is slated to replace the Russian-supplied Mig-29K for fighter operations from Indian aircraft carriers starting in 2035. The aircraft’s design sparked discussions among visitors, with some noting its resemblance to the French Rafale, while others pointed out similarities to the Euro Canard configuration found on the Eurofighter Typhoon.

One distinctive feature of the TEDBF is its wing folding mechanism, allowing for storage in the confined spaces of the lower decks of aircraft carriers—a crucial adaptation for naval operations. The design, modelled after the Rafale M, showcases India’s ambition to acquire advanced fighter capabilities, leveraging technology and innovation for its naval fleet.

The unveiling at the Dubai Air Show serves as a strategic move by DRDO to promote the TEDBF internationally. By showcasing the scale model, India aims to attract potential customers interested in the Air Force variant of the aircraft. This marketing effort aligns with India’s broader goal of becoming a key player in the global defense market.

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