Indian Air Force (IAF) is facing critical issues and officials are dismayed, frightened and demoralized, revealed a report.
According to the report, Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh recently awarded a contract worth 6.25 billion dollars to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited-HAL to supply 83 LCA (light combat aircraft) Mk-1A jets to the Indian Air Force.
Despite of this the Indian Air Force officials are dismayed, frightened and demoralized primarily due to the Tejas aircraft suffering basic design flaws that have not been dealt with by its manufacturer the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited-HAL despite working on numerous Tejas prototypes for more than 35 years, consistently suffering the issue of 60% of Tejas aircraft being grounded at all times.
At least 40 of the Indian Air force frontline Tejas fighters that have so far been inducted by the Indian Air Force are facing critical issues, such as shortfalls in meeting the engine thrust and other parameters such as weight of the aircraft, fuel capacity, and pilot protection from front against 7.62 mm bullets.
Moreover, There are problems with the fuselage, with cracks being detected in the lower fairing skin; this is an area that is most affected by G or gravity-related pressures.
Indian aviation systems manufacturing industry has been known around the world for it’s failures and low standards in production quality, which is the primary reason for repeated delays in the development of the Light Combat Aircraft-LCA, first conceived more than 35 years ago in 1985, said the report.
According to the report, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), meanwhile, leadership felt confident enough to choose two PAF JF-17 fighter jets carrying 2MK-83 454Kg REK bombs each to lead the PAF strike package and bomb Indian targets in broad daylight.
The report said that a mission JF-17 tail no. 236 piloted by Wing Commander Adnan and JF-17 tail no. 246 piloted by Squadron Leader Sibtain accomplished with ease and returned safely to base, with none of the much touted IAF Tejas multi role aircraft daring to even fly close to the area of operation of the JF-17s that day.