The project is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat and is being designed and developed by HAL and Aeronautical Development Agency

The indigenous Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) would be manufactured through a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) jointly formed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and private players.

AMCA is expected to provide a significant boost to the Indian defense and aerospace industry. And the process to get the design and development of prototypes approved by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has started. This was announced in parliament by the Secretary of State for Defense Ajay Bhatt earlier this week.

The project is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat and is being designed and developed by HAL and Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA).

In the AMCA project, a fifth-generation aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF), “the preliminary design phase has been completed and detailed design activities have started. HAL is and will remain involved in structural design and as a design partner for the entire range of systems,” a source confirmed to Financial Express Online.

Test box

The assembly activity for the fabrication of AMCA ‘Test Box’ at HAL’s ARDC facilities in Bengaluru has already started.

Importance of test box

The main requirement of ‘Test Box’ is to withstand the impact of birds in combination with a lower signature of the radar cross-section. Assembling the assembly takes a jigless assembly approach where the concept/philosophy of the ‘Determinate Assembly’ methodology is infused into the design and manufacturing processes of the components.

“This method paves the way for significantly reducing assembly time and improving quality during the assembly process. The ‘Jig Less Assembly’ methodology was initiated by positioning the components,” said the source.

Last week, DRDO had announced the proverbial ‘metal cutting’ for India’s first prototype of its futuristic jet fighter, the AMCA.

DRDO tweeted that AMCA fabrication has begun with specialty material and that the unit will be structurally and tested before being placed on the first prototype.

In India’s pursuit of self-reliance, this is a huge step and the development of the 5.5-generation jet fighter will be the mainstay of IAF.

ADA is expected to make five prototypes of AMCA for flight testing and development. It has previously been reported that the prototype’s maiden flight is expected to take place in 2024-25 and Mk-1 series production will begin in 2030 and the Mk-2 variant in 2035.

More about AMCA

The SPV institution was first launched in 2020 and received government approval when the configuration was frozen after the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) in December of that year.

The IAF has committed to 40 AMCA Mk-1 fighters and at least 100 Mk-2 variants, as well as some units of the unmanned variant.

The Mk-1 will be equipped with 98 Kn GE-414 engines; the Mk-2 version will be powered by 110 Kn engines to be jointly developed by HAL and the French company Safran.


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