The launch of India’s first 5th-generation fighter jet prototype, the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), is getting closer. There will be a Critical Design Review (CDR) in December.
The Aeronautical Development Agency has said that getting permission from the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) is the next step for the project (ADA).
The CDR’s goal is to finalize designs by conducting the necessary research, simulations, schematics, and tests. Decisions regarding important appointments, national security issues, and defense spending all fall under the purview of the CCS, which reports to the Cabinet Secretariat.
The Aeronautics Development Agency (ADA), which is part of the Defence Research and Development Organisation, and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) have worked together on the AMCA program (DRDO).
On the margins of DefExpo 2022, AMCA project director AK Ghosh said, “Once the project sanction is received, the prototype can be rolled out in three years, and the first flight can be one to one and a half years after that.” There should be a test flight of India’s first fifth-generation fighter jet prototype by 2028.
According to a source in The Hindu, the AMCA will be a twin-engine stealth fighter jet with an internal weapons compartment weighing 25 tons. It will also have a Divertless Supersonic Intake, the first manufactured in India.
The aircraft’s radar cross-section can be lowered thanks to the internal weapons compartment, which has a payload capacity of 1500 kilograms, an external payload capacity of 5500 kilograms, and an internal fuel capacity of 6500 kilograms (RCS).
A stealth aircraft’s radar cross-section (RCS) is significant because it makes it harder for radar operators and other assets to detect, track, and engage the aircraft.
When it comes to the military, the AMCA program is more proof that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is serious about his goals of promoting “Make in India” and “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” (self-reliant India).