Naval LCA Ceremonial rollout held on July 2010

India will celebrate 75th Independence day in 2022 and state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) wants to mark this event with the rollout of the first assembled LCA-AF Mk2 fighter jet around the Independence day event next August even though the program has suffered a loss of few months due to the second wave of the CCP virus in the country.

Industrial sources close to have said that high profile Ceremonial rollout of the LCA-AF Mk2 has been planned that will be attended by the bigwigs of the present government including Prime minister Modi, Defence Minister, and other members of the Union cabinet along with the Indian Air force Chief and other heads of the military branches.

HAL is in charge of manufacturing five pre-productions LCA-AF Mk2 fighter jets. HAL started metal cutting exercise earlier this year and already has started contracting and tender works for procurement of the assembly jigs, tools, and machinery for the program along with that is also setting up the public-private supply chain for the program that will see large participation from the private and MSME sector companies in the program after getting confidence boost earlier this year after IAF placed fresh orders for the 83 LCA-Tejas Mk1.

While the official Ceremonial rollout might happen around the Independence day event next August but the Low and High-speed trials of the jet will only commence in 2023, followed by the first flight later in 2023 or early 2024. Ceremonial rollout doesn’t mean aircraft is fit for flight as seen in South Korea that had unveiled its new Boramae (“Falcon”) fighter jet, only to dismantle it later since most of the components were still not integrated into the aircraft and actual flight-worthy aircraft will be ready only next year.

The Naval LCA also made its first flight almost two years after being rolled out, on 27 April 2012.

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