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The Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) is gearing up for a crucial study related to the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas Mk1A. This project focuses on integrating the Advanced Short-Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM) onto the Mk1A variant.

The study will explore the feasibility of incorporating both single and twin ASRAAM configurations on the Tejas Mk1A. A crucial aspect of the study will involve conducting an ASE analysis for the proposed configurations. This analysis assesses the interaction between the aircraft’s structural flexibility and aerodynamic forces, ensuring safe and stable flight characteristics with the added weight and configuration changes of the ASRAAMs.

The study will also involve analytical computations of the aircraft’s servo elastic responses when armed with ASRAAMs. Servoelastic responses consider how an aircraft’s structure bends and deforms under aerodynamic loads, and how these deformations affect control surfaces.

Recent sightings of a Tejas Mk1A wind tunnel model equipped with a dual-pylon configuration lend credence to the exploration of twin ASRAAM integration. Wind tunnel testing allows engineers to evaluate the aerodynamic impact of the missiles on the aircraft’s performance in a controlled environment.

Last year reported that MBDA officials have confirmed that ASRAAM integration is in the works. ASRAAM will be the third Close Combat Missile system for the LCA-Tejas Mk1A fighter jet after Russian R-73 and Israeli Python-5 CCM.

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