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India’s Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) program, a key initiative in bolstering naval air power, recently grabbed attention at the Dubai Air Show. In an interview with Indian media, Deputy Project Director Ravinder Kumar Jyoti shed light on the program’s progress and plans.

While the impressive model showcased in Dubai generated significant interest, Jyoti emphasized that the program remains in the preliminary design review (PDR) stage. This crucial phase involves meticulous analysis of the design to ensure it meets all technical and operational requirements before proceeding to detailed design and development.

Despite being in the early stages, Jyoti expressed confidence in the program’s timeline. He confirmed that the prototype is expected by 2028, marking a significant milestone in the project’s evolution.

To ensure the program’s success, Jyoti highlighted the close collaboration between the Navy and the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA). Regular meetings with the Naval Team and HQ are fostering a coordinated approach, essential for seamlessly translating operational needs into technical specifications.

Jyoti also acknowledged the valuable lessons learned from the LCA Navy Mk1 program. The experience gained in developing this fighter jet for aircraft carrier operations will be leveraged to optimize and streamline the TEDBF program, potentially leading to faster development and reduced costs.

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