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In a significant stride towards advancing India’s aerospace capabilities, the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) are actively engaged in developing next-generation technologies for the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA)-Tejas Mk1A.

According to prominent defence journalist Anantha Krishnan M, these efforts aim to incorporate cutting-edge advancements, including artificial intelligence (AI) and electronic pilot systems, into the LCA-Tejas Mk1A platform.

One of the most exciting developments is the potential integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into the Mk1A platform. This could include features like intelligent decision support systems, automated threat detection and analysis, and even AI-powered electronic pilots to assist the human pilot in complex manoeuvres.

ADA is also exploring the concept of Man-Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) for the LCA-Tejas. This technology enables fighter jets like the Tejas to seamlessly collaborate with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for enhanced mission effectiveness. Initial demonstrations are planned for the LCA-Navy variant, but the learnings will likely be incorporated into the Mk1A as well.

To handle the increased complexity of AI and MUM-T operations, the Mk1A will receive next-generation avionics and flight control computers. These advanced systems will boast higher data processing bandwidth, making them ideal for network-centric warfare (NCW). In NCW, aircraft share information and coordinate actions in real time, creating a highly effective and adaptable fighting force.

The upcoming upgrades to the Tejas Mk1A mark a significant step in India’s quest for aerial dominance. By incorporating AI, MUM-T, and advanced avionics, the Tejas will be better equipped to face future threats and compete with leading fighter jets on the global stage. This initiative signifies the dedication of ADA and HAL to pushing the boundaries of Indian aerospace technology, ensuring the Indian Air Force remains a formidable force in the region.

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