The LSP-3 is being assembled at a hanger in HAL, Bangalore. These pictures show a part of the integration process which is underway. The aircraft is likely to make its first flight by Sept/Oct this year, but will be delivered only in December 08.
The new systems which the LSP-3 will incorporate (i.e. which have not yet been tried out in earlier Tejas aircraft) are:
- Multi-mode radar by ELTA
- VOR/ILS (by HAL Hyderabad)
- TACAN (by HAL, Hyderabad)
- Air Data Computer (by ADE)
- Beta vane (by BAE Systems)
- Nose wheel free castor (by Elechronica Aster)
- IFF (by HAL, Hyderabad)
The Air Data Computer, built by ADE, is the critical new component in LSP-3. Also note the photo of the dummy R-73 missile. That's standard fitment in all versions of the Tejas.
The LSP-3 engine has been fitted... the wiring is being done presently.