IDN TAKE: Update on Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft - AMCA

IDN TAKE: Update on Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft - AMCA
IDN TAKE: Update on Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft - AMCA

The Government sanction for feasibility studies of design and development of Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) was accorded on 5 Oct 2010, at a cost of Rs.90.5 Crores, for a duration of 1 ½ years initially and subsequently PDC was extended up to 31 March 2017, in order to facilitate the continuation of next generation advanced technology development projects.

AMCA Feasibility Report:

Feasibility studies have been carried out based on IAF's Top Level Operational Requirements and completed the scope of the project. Feasibility Report was compiled and Review held in November

2013. Feasibility Report was updated in October 2015 with various activities carried out post the reviews and submitted to Air HQ and Defense Minister.

Present Status:

AMCA configuration has been arrived after considerable refinements and it was accepted by Indian Air Force. Currently, the validation tests are being conducted.

IDN TAKE: Update on Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft - AMCA

These are AMCA intake model of 1:1 scale for RCS test, 2 campaign of high speed wind tunnel tests, static intake test, dynamic & rotary derivative tests for generating unsteady data etc. Also a simulator has been developed which would be used for sizing the system and refining the architecture. The technology development and testing projects are being continued at various work centers.

PSQR Finalization:

IDN TAKE: Update on Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft - AMCAADA received Draft Preliminary Services Qualitative Requirements (PSQRs) for AMCA in September 2014 from Air HQ for study and feedback. Appreciation of requirements document was forwarded to Air HQ for finalizing PSQRs. Reviews have been held by VCAS, DCAS and ACAS (Plans). AMCA latest Configuration and development approach are accepted by IAF. First two/three prototypes will fly with proven 90kN class engine and 110 kN class engine will be installed in a phased th manner from 4 prototype onward. PSQR is being amended by IAF towards finalization.

Engines:

It has been communicated by Air HQ that the AMCA should be powered by 110 kN class engine. GE, Eurojet and Rolls Royce have proposed G-G route for AMCA power-plant. A final decision is awaited. 

Business Models and Execution Methods:

Based on the Analysis & Discussions, it can be concluded that the Execution Model 'JV with International Aircraft House (IAH) & Domestic Aircraft House (DAH) is the unanimous first choice of the Experts for attaining the defined Program Goals in the AMCA Program. The Execution Model 'JV with IAH' stands in the second place followed by 'JV with DAH and IAH as Consultant' and 'IAH as Consultant' in the third and fourth places respectively.

Way Forward:

Permission may be given to initiate next phase of activities. In-principle approval for submission of CCS papers and Lead-in project has been sought.

AMCA - NAVY:

Indian Navy (IN) Projected requirement for Naval variant of AMCA and forwarded Top Level Operational Requirements to Naval Head Quarters and discussions held on Way Forward for AMCA – Navy.

Sourced from ADA Annual Report 2017

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