It has-beens the aircraft in the making for over 25 years now. And the IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal on Friday Said the delivery dates of the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas HAS slipped further Top. "Yes the IOC (Initial Operational Clearance) HAS slipped further Top. DRDO is now looking for the middle of third quarter next year," the Chief said.
The LCA, however, will be Participating in the Iron Fist Fire Power Demonstration Planned next year. It will be the first part of this domestic-built fighter jet.
Regarding progress of LCA Mk-II, Air Chief Marshal Browne Said That It was linked with the progress of the Mk-I. Presently the Mk-1 is powered by G-404 engine Whereas Mk-II will be powered by G-414 engine. The DRDO will be signing contract for the engines and the aircraft will soon Have to be made around the engine. The time line for the aircraft to materialize is 2016-18.