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In a recent media interaction, Vice Admiral Satish Namdeo Ghormade, the serving Vice Chief of Naval Staff (VCNS), provided insights into the development of the Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) program for the Indian Navy.

Admiral Ghormade assured that the TEDBF program is progressing as per a carefully crafted plan, considering the available resources. The first test flight is anticipated within the next 3-4 years.

The TEDBF project has successfully defined the qualitative requirements and finalized the aircraft’s overall design. This signifies significant progress in laying the groundwork for the fighter jet’s development.

While the program boasts substantial headway, full-scale engineering development (FSED) funding has yet to receive approval. This is a critical step that will determine the pace and efficiency of the TEDBF’s development process.

Though Admiral Ghormade did not elaborate on the Navy’s specific plan to secure FSED funding, it can be expected that the Navy will likely pursue budgetary allocations through established channels. This may involve advocating for the project’s strategic importance to national security and stressing its alignment with India’s self-reliance goals in the defence sector.

The TEDBF program holds immense significance for the Indian Navy. A domestically developed twin-engine fighter jet specifically designed for aircraft carrier operations will bolster India’s naval capabilities and enhance its self-sufficiency in maritime defence.

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