|The AMCA scaled-down (1:8) model to be displayed at Aero India.|
By Anantha Krishnan M
Express News Service
Bangalore: Scientists and aerospace designers working on India’s Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) stealth programme are excited at the prospects of delivering a plane studded with gen-next technologies. Sources confirm to Express that silent R&D work has been going on in multiple centers of Defence Research and Development Organisation, Indian Institute of Technology, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and select private industries.
The Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), spearheading the AMCA mission, are ready with a scaled-down model (1:8) to be put up during Aero India, giving the world a first-time peek into the shape of things lined for the future. The AMCA’s weapon menu is being packed with BVR (Beyond Visual Range) missile and other precision-guided bombs. The internal bay has adequate space to accommodate enough weapons, promising high-speed release. It will have the required maneuver, climb and acceleration capabilities to engage the enemy in a close combat.
The aircraft will have adequate un-refueled range on its internal fuel alone (the capacity to carry more fuel), thereby enabling it to cover theaters that are significant from the tactical point of view. “Internal carriage of a mix of air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons will enable the aircraft to swing the role in stealth mode if required. A substantial carriage capability on its external hard points will allow the aircraft to carry out regular missions of conventional fighters in later phases of a campaign including maritime operations,” sources said.
The critical stealth technologies that are currently being developed include: radar absorbing structures and paints, body conformal antennae with shared aperture, flush air data sensors and frequency selective surface (FSS) radome. “The serpentine intake promises very less signature throwing to enemy radars. The aircraft can penetrate deep into enemy territory without being detected,” sources claimed.
THE AMCA MENU: Stealth | Internal weapon bay | Serpentine air intake | Super-cruise | Super-maneuverability and thrust vectoring | Advanced avionics based on IMA (Integrated Modular Architecture) | Pilot associate to reduce pilot workload | New generation display systems with touch panels | Advanced sensors like AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) radar and IRST (Infra Red Search and Track) | Net-Centric Warfare capability | Comprehensive EW (Electronic Warfare) suite comprising RWR (Radar Warning Receiver), SPJ (Self Protection Jammer) and MAWS (Missile Approach Warning System) | Precision weapons. (Concluded. Part-1 here.)