Indian Navy

India equips its own naval combat jet with key missile capabilities

Photo: India’s own Light Combat Aircraft for the Navy at the Shore-Based Test Facility at INS Hansa in Goa.

New Delhi: In a major boost to its local defence research and development, India today successfully armed the Light Combat Aircraft-Navy with Beyond Visual Range and Counter-Counter-Measure missiles.

The aircraft-developer, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), in a couple of tweets today announced its success in arming India and its LCA-Navy with the latest weapon systems.

On Nov. 13, India’s DRDO, along with the Indian Navy and the manufacturing agency Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), had achieved success in the first night time arrested landing of the LCA-Navy at the INS Hansa-located Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF) in Goa

This achievement was preceded by the first-ever successful arrested landing at the SBTF at the same facility in Goa on Sep. 13.

With the funding support from the Indian Navy, DRDO has been hastening slowly the process of getting the LCA-Navy up to the mark for a future induction as a carrier-based combat aircraft.

Yet, the Indian Navy is eyeing the DRDO’s success in the development of the twin-engine Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) as a futuristic carrier-operated combat jet for its Indigenous Aircraft Carriers under construction at the Shipping Ministry-run Cochin Shipyard Limited.

File Photo: India’s first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier being fitted at the Cochin Shipyard.

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