As Induction Of LCA Tejas Continues, Indian Air Force Begins Work On Fifth Generation Light Combat Aircraft

As Induction Of LCA Tejas Continues, Indian Air Force Begins Work On Fifth Generation Light Combat AircraftTejas aircraft during Republic Day celebration rehearsals (Sakib Ali/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has begun work on a fifth generation Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), while it continues to induct the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) made LCA Tejas.

The prototype for the fifth generation aircraft is expected to get ready in the next 10 years, Zee News has reported.

The report quoted Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar, the Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command confirmed the IAF’s fifth generation fighter program and stressed its importance by acknowledging that Chinese and Russian defence agencies have already begun developing their own prototypes.

The IAF currently has fourth generation fighter technology in form of LCA Tejas. The Tejas in itself is scheduled to get upgrades in its radar and avionics. Claims are also being made about efforts to integrate a made in India Kaveri aero gas turbine engine on LCA Tejas to substitute the US made General Electric engine.