HAL Tejas

First Things First: I can’t believe that no one mentioned this ever (except for @Maxmustang in a Guess The Plane Topic)

About the HAL Tejas

The HAL Tejas is an Indian single-seat, single-jet engine, multirole light fighter designed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Indian Air Force and Navy. The aircraft has a tail-less compound delta-wing configuration, which provides for high maneuverability. It came from the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) programme, which began in the 1980s to replace India’s ageing MiG-21 fighters. LCA was officially named “Tejas” in 2003, meaning “Radiant” in Sanskrit by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

General characteristics

Crew: 1
Length: 13.20 m (43 ft 4 in)
Wingspan: 8.20 m (26 ft 11 in)
Height: 4.40 m (14 ft 9 in)
Wing area: 38.4 m² (413 ft²)
Empty weight: 6,560 kg (14,300 lb)
Loaded weight: 9,500 kg (20,944 lb)
Max. takeoff weight: 13,500 kg (29,100 lb)
Internal fuel capacity: 2,458 kg
External fuel capacity: 2 x 1,200-litre drop tank inboard, 1 x 800-litre drop tank under fuselage[citation needed]
Powerplant: 1 × General Electric F404-GE-IN20 turbofan
Dry thrust: 53.9 kN (12,100 lbf)
Thrust with afterburner: 89.8 kN (20,200 lbf)

Maximum speed: Mach 1.8 (2,205 km/h) for FOC version; Mach 1.6 (2,000 km/h) for IOC version;
Combat radius: 500 km (270 nmi, 311 mi)
Ferry range: 1,700 km (1,056 mi)
Service ceiling: 16,000 m (52,500 ft)
Wing loading: 247 kg/m² (50.7 lb/ft²)
Thrust/weight: 1.07
g-limits: +8/−3.5 g

Guns: 1× mounted 23 mm twin-barrel GSh-23 cannon with 220 rounds of ammunition
Hardpoints: 8 (1× beneath the port-side intake trunk for targeting pods, 6× wing, and 1× fuselage) with a capacity of 3,500 kg external fuel and ordnance and provisions to carry combinations of:
Rockets: S-8 rocket pods, Bofors 135 mm rocket
Air-to-air missiles:
Air-to-surface missiles:
DRDO Anti-Radiation Missile
Kh-59ME (TV-guided standoff missile)
Kh-59MK (Laser-guided standoff missile)
Anti-ship missiles
KAB-1500L laser-guided bombs
GBU-16 Paveway II
ODAB-500PM fuel-air explosives
ZAB-250/350 incendiary bombs
BetAB-500Shp powered concrete-piercing bombs
FAB-500T gravity bombs
OFAB-250-270 gravity bombs
OFAB-100-120 gravity bombs
RBK-500 cluster bomb stake
Drop tanks for ferry flight/extended range/loitering time
LITENING targeting pod

Hybrid version of Israel’s Elta EL/M-2032 multi-mode fire control radar



Credits to Wikipedia, the Free (and Sometimes Unreliable) Encyclopaedia. 😂🤣

By the way, what do you think of it?

The detail… good job dude!


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