At a function for commencement of manufacturing activities of Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) in the background, LCA-Navy Mk1 NP5 Trainer going through final stages of the assembly was sported, which will be third LCA-Navy Mk1 aircraft that will be used as a Technology Demonstrator project for the Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) program.

R Madhavan, Chairman & Managing Director of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited last year in an interview had said that the NP5 will be ready for its first flight by March 2022, but looking at the level of assembly that has taken place in the pictures it seems it will take few more weeks before it is ready for the inaugural flight.

NP5 will be used to carry out off-nominal landing trials to study and collect data on the stress points on the landing gears that will be crucial for the development of landing gears for the TEDBF program that has been assigned to the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). NP1 and NP2 along with NP5 will be used to further collect data for the development of TEDBF.

In off-nominal landing trials, aircraft will mimic bad weather conditions that could affect aircraft while coming for landing on the decks of the aircraft carrier in adverse sea conditions. effects of such landings and stress of such landings on the rear fuselage and the landing gears are important to study stress points and design changes that could be required for the aircraft to last its operational lifespan.

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