The Indian Navy on December 3 ruled out deploying the home built light combat aircraft Tejas on their aircraft carriers as it failed to “meet the requirements”.
The Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba further added that Tejas is “overweight” and that it was one of the biggest reasons for them to rule it out for India’s aircraft carriers.
“As far as the carrier-based aircraft is concerned, we need it in a time line of the induction of the aircraft carrier. We have the MiG 29K… and were hoping to operate the LCA (Light Combat Aircraft-Tejas), unfortunately, the LCA is not being able to meet the carrier’s required capability. That is why we need an alternative aircraft.”
The Indian Navy is now in the process of identifying the aircraft that will meet its requirements, but unfortunately, there are not too many options available and India thus looking at getting them within next five-six years.
Tejas is an indigenously built fighter aircraft which was inducted into the Indian Air Force earlier this year.
While the Indian Navy has rejected Tejas for their Aircraft Carrier, Admiral Lanba is still encouraging India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to develop the Naval LCA that can operate from ships and autonomous sub-surface vehicles for surveillance.