ADA MEDIUM COMBAT AIRCRAFT (MCA)

The ADA is studying an advanced version of the LCA under the above designation, as a potential replacement for Indian Air Force Jaguars and Mirage 2000s from about 2010. The single-seat MCA is intended to embody stealth technology be powered by a non-afterburning variant of the GTRE Kaveri turbofan with thrust vectoring, carry laser-guided weapons and have a greater range than the LCA. Other design features are planned to include the adoption of radar-absorbent materials; twin outward-canted tailfins; and overwing external fuel tanks. Project definition had not begun by early 2003; design and development costs have been provisionally estimated at US$2.3 billion in 1996 dollars.

 

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