SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
In a significant leap forward for India’s indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas Mk1, the wind tunnel model of the aircraft was recently showcased, revealing the integration of the Twin missile carrying pylon equipped with Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missiles (ASRAAMs) Close Combat Missile (CCM). The unveiling, led by HAL Test Pilot Harsh Vardhan Thakur, marks a pivotal moment in the evolution of the Tejas platform, highlighting its enhanced firepower capabilities.
The spotlight of the showcase was on the newly designed Dual-Rack Pylons, a key upgrade for the Tejas Mk1. These pylons, attached to the outermost wings, are equipped with ASRAAMs Close Combat Missiles, showcasing the aircraft’s versatility in handling both air-to-air and air-to-surface missions. This development aligns with the commitment made at Defexpo 2018, confirming that the upgraded Tejas Mk1A variant would feature these advanced Dual-Rack Pylons.
The incorporation of Dual-Rack Pylons significantly enhances the firepower of the Tejas Mk1A, allowing it to carry two Close Combat Missiles (CCM) on a single weapon station. This advancement will bolster indigenous defence capabilities, providing the Tejas with a considerable tactical advantage in various mission scenarios.
The flexibility of the Tejas Mk1A is underscored by the incorporation of Dual-Rack Pylons. In pure Air-to-Air missions, the aircraft can utilize Weapons Stations 5 or 6 for Dual-Rack Pylons, doubling its air-to-air missile capacity. Alternatively, in mixed Air-to-Surface and Air-to-Air missions, one pylon can be deployed for Dual-Rack Pylons, showcasing the adaptability of the Tejas platform across different operational requirements.
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