Image: Satwik Sadhukhan
A spin off from the light combat aircraft project, the TEDBF will be the first
twin engine aircraft project in India that too for dedicated carrier based
operations. The development of the aircraft signals the beginning of the end
of foreign aircraft for carrier based operations in India.
Expected to become operations in less than a decade, the TEDBF will operate
from the indigenous INS Vikramaditya and the upcoming carrier.
According to an information brochure accompanying the model, the
aircraft will be equipped with predominately domestic weapons. It will have a
maximum Mach number of 1.6, service ceiling of 60,000 feet, maximum take off
weight of 26 tons, unfolded wing span of 11.2 meters, folded wing span of 7.2
and and a length of 16.3 meters.
While the engine configuration has not been disclosed, it could well use the
GE engines that power the TEJAS aircraft.
As the name suggests, the TEDBF concept features twin engines for better
short take-off performance from the Indian Navy’s Short Take-off But
Arrested Recovery (STOBAR) aircraft carriers, INS Vikramaditya and
Indigenous Aircraft Carrier 1 (IAC-1) INS Vikrant.
Other features geared towards its maritime role include folding wingtips for
easier stowage on and below deck, and an arrestor hook. Physically, the
TEDBF has a wingspan of 11.2 m (7.6 m when folded for carrier stowage), and
is 16.3 m in length. With canards located ahead of its wings, the TEDBF is
similar in appearance to the Dassault Rafale that is operated by the Indian
Air Force. Performance specifications released by HAL give the TEDBF a
maximum take-off weight of 26 tons; a maximum Mach number of 1.6; a
service ceiling of 60,000 ft; and a g limit of +8/-3.