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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Shore-based test facility (SBTF) getting ready for Tejas Navy in Goa

The SBTF in Goa will sort of look like the photo above. Photo only for representation and not that of the facility.
By Anantha Krishnan M. | Bangalore, India |
June 26, 2010 | DNA (India) | Page 1
The Naval Air Station in Goa is silently readying a first-of-its-kind facility in India. The shore-based test facility (SBTF), when fully-operational, will be third such test facility in the world after the US and Ukranian Navies.
Naval sources tell DNA that the SBTF simulates an aircraft carrier with ski-jump and arrested recovery. “It’s recreating a ship on the shore. The one that’s coming up in Goa is based on the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) that’s being built at Cochin Shipyard. The SBTF is constructed with the same measurements of IAC,” sources tell.

DNA learns that all initial flight tests leading up to the carrier-suitability test (CST) will be done at HAL airport in Bangalore. “After the initial flight tests, we will shift all actions to SBTF. The ramp for the take-off area will be ready by the last quarter of 2011 and the landing area in 2012. A full-fledged telemetry unit is also coming up in Goa,” the senior-ranked serving official said.
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