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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

ADA-Navy has defined the Preliminary Service Quality Requirements (PSQR) out of which two configurations for the upcoming indigenous Twin Engine Carrier-Based Deck Fighter (TEBDF) had emerged and now it has been confirmed that the Navy has settled for the Scale model that was displayed at the Aero India 2021 for which Wind tunnel studies also have been concluded and the design is presently going through further improvements and optimization before the design is frozen after consultation with Navy.

idrw.org has been told that the progress of the program is on track and with major challenges being identified that includes a wing folding mechanism that needs to be developed along with a new landing gear system that can handle 26-ton deck based take-off and landings for which teams had worked for the LCA-Navy along with HAL engineers have been engaged for their development.

ADA-Navy has planned a rollout of TEDBF sometime in the later part of 2025 and the first flight of the same has been planned in 2026. TEDBF will have two IOC configuration jets that will be carrying out the major part of its developmental flights from the Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF) at Goa before it commences deck-based trials at the last phase. TEDBF production has been planned from 2030 onwards and the first batch of the jet will be IOC configured jets that will allow the Navy to start replacing Russian Mig-29K from 2034 onwards.

HAL will be the main integrator of the TEDBF program with plans in place to have Tier-II and Tier-III private sector suppliers that will be in charge of providing a wide range of systems and subsystems including fuselage while public undertaking companies will be in charge of supplying other critical equipment like avionics, sensors, and radars that were developed for the LCA-AF Mk2 and AMCA Program.

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