SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.
It was revealed at Aero India 2019, that LCA-AF Mk2 will sport a 30mm cannon near its left shoulder-mounted position, freeing up space below the right intake where the twin-barrel 23 mm autocannon is situated in the Tejas Mk1/1A jets, but news coming from Aero India 2021 indicates that in ongoing weapons configuration package, ADA-IAF is actively considering ditching its Internal 30mm GSh-30-1 cannon for a belly-mounted Podded Gun system.
The weapons configuration package for LCA-AF Mk2 is still an ongoing decision process and we will have to wait for official word on why designers are moving from Internal Gun for a Podded Gun or they will stick with original plans of equipping LCA-AF Mk2 with an internal gun. LCA-AF Mk2 will be equipped with a single-barreled Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30-1 cannon, which fires a 30X165mm cartridge (150 rounds) and is equipped on SU-30MKI and Mig-29UPG.
Podded Gun induces drag and weight penalty like any external store but can be used on low to medium levels of threat environments. Internal Gun usage in air combat has plummeted over the years due to significant improvements in the accuracies of the long and short-range air to air missile
idrw.org already has listed out long-range stand-off weapons that being considered or cleared for the LCA-AF Mk2.
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