SOURCE: IDRW.ORG TEAM
India has embarked on the testing phase of an updated quartz nose cone, a significant development for the LCA-MkII program. This move signals India’s intent to reduce its reliance on the British company Cobham for such critical components.
The indigenous quartz nose cone, developed within the country, is currently undergoing mandatory testing procedures. Once these tests are successfully completed, the production and supply of these nose cones will be transitioned to Indian private sector companies.
It’s worth noting that the LCA-Tejas Mk1A currently utilizes quartz nose cones supplied by Cobham. However, for future variants, including the potential order of 100 additional aircraft still under negotiation, India is likely to incorporate the indigenously developed quartz nose cone.
One of the primary advantages of utilizing locally developed quartz nose cones is cost-efficiency. These indigenous components are more cost-effective compared to imported ones presently procured for the LCA-Tejas Mk1A program.
This move towards indigenous production aligns with India’s broader goals of self-reliance and reducing dependency on foreign suppliers for critical defense components. It not only bolsters the country’s defense capabilities but also strengthens the domestic defense manufacturing sector.
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