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LCAMk2 to roll out next year, first flight in 2023

  • Integrity Education, Delhi
  • 13, Sep 2021
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  • According to the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), LCA Tejas-Mk2 will be rolled out in 2022 and the first flight in early 2023.
  • Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) will be rolled out in 2024 and first flight in 2025.
  • ADA is an autonomous body of the Ministry of Defence.


  • It is a 4.5 generation aircraft which will be used by the Indian Air Force.
  • It is a replacement for the Mirage 2000 class of aircraft.
  • It has got a bigger engine and can carry 6.5 tonnes of payload.
  • The technology is already developed in Light Combat Aircraft (LCA).
  • The LCA programme began in the 1980s to replace India's ageing MiG-21 fighters.
  • The LCA is being designed and developed with ADA as the nodal agency and State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) being the principal partner.
  • Its production is likely to start somewhere around 2025.

Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA)

  • It is a fifth generation aircraft. And will be used by the Indian Air Force.
  • It is a stealth aircraft, i.e. designed for stealth and unlike the LCA, which is designed for maneuverability.
  • It has a unique shape to achieve low radar cross-section and has an internal carriage of weapons.
  • When the external weapons are removed, this aircraft has enough fuel and weapons inside to do a very capable operational role in stealth mode.