After noticing the specifications of India’s Indigenously made Light combat aircraft HAL Tejas, Malaysian Defence got interested in it. They asked Indian defense to showcase HAL Tejas ability in Malaysian Airshow LIMA 2019. On Tuesday 26th, India’s HAL Tejas showed its capabilities at the Langkawi air show. This outstrips the Pakistan and china’s jointly manufactured CAC FC-1 Xiaolong or JF-17 Thunder.
After comparing all the specs carefully, Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) now considering purchasing 30 LCA HAL Tejas jets. The Malaysian government invited Indian-built jet to attend the show this March. Two TEJAS fighter jets are already in Langkawi on March 23rd for the event.
Glimpses of HAL Tejas in LIMA Airshow at Malaysia
The show commenced on 26th March 2019 with supersonic boom sounds. click on the below video to watch Tejas doing acrobatic in the blue
It seems that the Malaysian government might go for 30 HAL Tejas over previously assumed JF-17 Thunder and FA-50 Golden Eagle. Despite the Indian aircraft not being fully developed as yet, the RMAF is signaling strong interest toward Indian LCA TEJAS.
Malaysia’s switch to HAL TEJAS would be a second disappointment to Pakistan’s JF-17 Thunder after Sri Lanka earlier backed away from the JF-17 after first expressing interest.
Reasons to Choose TEJAS over JF-17 or FA-50
The TEJAS features a stable design. Its composite materials provide a weight advantage over Korean and Pakistani counterpart. This boasts an experienced digital flight control system with a glass cockpit.
Most importantly, it is powered by a General Electric GE F-404IN engine. It is more reliable than the JF-17’s Russian-designed and Chinese-built Klimov RD-93 engine.
The Pakistani fighter JF-17 thunder has a price advantage with $35 million compared to $40 million per TEJAS. This difference is so small as to be negligible. This margin is negligible in terms of reliability of the American engine in the TEJAS.
Indian LCA Tejas Specifications
Role: Multirole light fighter
National origin: India
Manufacturer: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)
Length|Wingspan|Height: 13.2 m|8.2 m|4.4 m
Maximum payload: 4000 Kgs
Aerial refueling: Yes
Engine: General Electric F404-GE-F2J3 afterburning turbofan engine
Program cost: ₹7,399.69 crore (US$1 billion) Unit cost
₹162 crore (US$23 million) for Mk 1
₹463 crore (US$64 million) for Mk 1A
HAL is preparing to present the TEJAS mainly to Malaysia’s interest. So, how HAL gonna handle this deal will be the major concern for both, Malaysia and India. Meanwhile, it is most probable that Malaysia will go for the purchase