Vice Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta, AVSM, YSM, VSM Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command reviewed the progress of various Naval projects being undertaken by Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) & Centre for Artificial Intelligence & Robotics (CAIR) recently where he was briefed on the Naval LCA program & progress made on the design & development of Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) at ADA, the indigenous helicopter design development, production & repair/ overhaul activities being undertaken by HAL.

Vice Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta was also briefed on upcoming Naval systems & projects as well as the progressive inclusion of Artificial Intelligence towards Naval Operational Planning & Maritime Domain Awareness at CAIR.

Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) for the first time was seen in Army Green Camo along with that LCA Naval Prototype (NP)-5 was also seen in the background, NP-5 will be used as a Technology Demonstrator project for the Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) program.

26-ton Deck-based TEDBF (Twin Engine deck Based Fighter) is planned to undertake its first flight by the year 2026 and roll out the production variant by the year 2031. TEDBF will be replacing the Russian-supplied Mig-29K fleet from 2035 onwards and initially will be powered by American F-414 engines to be later replaced with Indo-French 110kN high thrust engines.

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