Indian Advanced Medum Combat Aircraft MCA

India has embarked upon an ambitious project to indigenously design and
develop a fifth generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) by

The government released Rs. 100 crore last month to the Bangalore-based
Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), which will spearhead the
project, to prepare feasibility studies in 18 months. The ADA is an
autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Defence.

Disclosing this to reporters here on Saturday, ADA Director and
Programme Director (Combat Aircraft) P.S. Subramanyam said AMCA, when
developed and produced, would probably be the first medium combat
aircraft with 20 tonne weight in the world. Similar aircraft being
developed by the United States and Russia are in the range of 30 to 35

ADA seeks $2 bn for advanced medium combat aircraft

the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), an autonomous body under the
department of defence research and development, Ministry of Defence,
is seeking a $2-billion (approximately Rs 9,060 crore) fund for the development of the advanced medium combat aircraft (AMCA).

“We have just started working on this fifth-generation aircraft, for
which we had already received sanctions to the tune of Rs 100 crore.
The way the government is cooperating, I am able to say that we will
receive the funding ($2 billion) in the next 18 months,” PS
Subramanyam, programme director (combat aircraft) and director of ADA,
told Business Standard.

The AMCA will be designed with a small radar cross-section and will
feature internal weapons and advanced electronic systems. The
twin-engined, stealth-multirole fighter will be equipped with missiles
like the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)’s Astra,
besides stand-off and precision weapons.

$2-billion fund will initially be utilised to develop two technology
demonstrators and seven prototypes. The first flight test is expected
to take place by 2017,” he said on the sidelines of the Aviation Conclave 2010, which concluded here on Saturday.

Stating that the AMCAs were aimed at bridging the gap between light
combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas and Sukhoi heavy weight fighters,
Subramanyam said though Russia and the United States were into
designing of similar aircraft that weigh 30-35 tonne, the AMCA would
weigh only 20 tonne.

Though the AMCAs were primarily being
designed to meet the requirements of the Indian Air Force, we are
contemplating rolling out a new variant for the Indian Navy as well,” he said, adding ADA would commence research and development on the six-generation AMCA aircraft shortly.


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