A spate of hectic visits from the top brass of the Indian Navy to check the progress of the development of the Twin-Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) has been confirmed to that the Preliminary work has commenced by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) in coordination with the Naval Project Office that is in charge of overseeing the program on behalf of the Indian Navy that will set the ball rolling sometime in 2023 where Navy plans to move papers for clearance of official grant of the program from the Central Government. has been told that ADA has estimated the TEDBF program will require nearly 13000-Cr for which it plans to get ready with the preliminary design review (PDR) done before files are moved to New Delhi for official clearance for the grant. A comprehensive design review (CDR) another critical milestone of the program is expected by end of 2024 or early 2025 will allow the start of metal cutting and procurement of the components and sub-systems for assembly of the first jet.

ADA plans to have the first flight of TEDBF by end of 2026 or early 2027. TEDBF will borrow most of the technology like avionics and radar and electronics systems that were developed for the LCA MkII and AMCA program. TEDBF is a Deck-based fighter jet that has an all-up-weight (AUW) of 26 tones and likely will enter production sometime in 2031-32 for which the Indian Navy already has committed to procure 45 jets initially and the second batch of TEDBF will come with additional 5th gen upgrades.

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