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Tejas Mk-II maiden flight likely in 2019


  • The Hindustan Aeronautics Tejas Mk. II fighter is only likely to achieve its maiden flight in 2019, and become operational in 2022., said defence minister Manohar Parrikar.
  • The Tejas Mk. II will be powered by the General Electric F414 engine, as compared to the less powerful F404 that powers the Tejas Mk. I, received initial operational clearance in 2013 and has been plagued with delays and problems.
  • The Mk. II, seen as having the potential to rectify the issues found with the Mk. I, will have improvements such as active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, an improved electronic warfare suite.

Source: DefenceNews


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