Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Photos from an LCA bombing run




(Photo: courtesy, DRDO)

Left: An onboard camera tracks the release of a bomb during Tejas weapons testing



You would recall my article, posted last month on the bombing trails being carried out by the Tejas. It is posted in February 09 under the title of, "The Light Combat Aircraft tests its teeth: a ringside account of an LCA bombing run".

Here now is a photograph of the bomb release, which I had seen at that time on the real-time telemetry equipment at the National Flight Test Centre in Bangalore. I am also posting below, a copy of the DRDO press release that accompanied this photograph.

"The second phase of weapon testing on Tejas is currently underway from an Air Force base in the north-western sector. The focus of the current phase of testing is safe separation and also accuracy of weapon delivery. The results from the tests would validate aerodynamic interference data as well as complex weapon release algorithms in different modes of release.
A Composite test team comprising of specialists from ADA, IAF, HAL, NAL, ADE, DGAQA and CEMILAC had been put in place at the trial location where the flight test is being conducted by National Flight Test Centre.

"Arrangements are in place for directly linking the trial location with the base telemetry station at Bangalore via INSAT and also through a secluded fiber optic channel. With this arrangement, designers and other specialists are able to monitor in realtime, the activities in general and vital parameters in particular, as the trial is going on thousands of kilometers away. Specifically for this trial, accurate upper air data is gathered at the trial location using GPS Radiosonde supplied by ISRO.

"The mood at ADA and other organizations involved in the trial is upbeat as the information has just come in, that Tejas has scored a direct hit on the target in the first test sortie itself. The trials are planned for two weeks’ duration."

10 comments:

anand said...

Ajai Shukla..
is that bomb being released from an internal weapon's bay ?
the photo is unclear, it seems as if some kind of internal weapons bay door is opened?? please clarify it....

Anand

fighterclass said...

no, it's a 25 pound practice bomb being dropped from a rack.

see this
http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/IAF/Images/Weapons/ASM/Carrier+Bomb+Light+Stores+Mk200-1A+for+Practice+Bombs.jpg.html

http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/IAF/Images/Weapons/ASM/25lb+Practice+Bombs.jpg.html

fighterclass said...

first link doesn't work.

use this one. http://tinyurl.com/bo6r7n

Anonymous said...

Why 25lb bomb?why not 500lb bomb?

su market said...

start with small steps before you run.

Ajai said...

The reason for using a 25 lb bomb is very simple: large live bombs can be fired at only a small number of ranges. Also, it is always better to test in a graded manner... first checking the release, the ballistic trajectory, and so on.

If the ballistic trajectory of the 25-lb bomb is matched properly with that of a 500-lb bomb, the test with the smaller bomb will validate the performance of the larger bomb. The only thing missing will be the big bang.

Anonymous said...

When is the LCA expected to get the final clearance for induction.flight global carries a new report mentioning that Israeli Elta M-2052 AESA radar may be integrated into the LCA mark 2 series of aircraft along with the nes with GE 404 engines.LCA mark 2 would be just like the present Gripen but will ADA prefer the EJ200 over the GE 414.

Anonymous said...

When is the LCA expected to get the final clearance for induction.flight global carries a new report mentioning that Israeli Elta M-2052 AESA radar may be integrated into the LCA mark 2 series of aircraft along with the ones with GE 404 engines.LCA mark 2 would be just like the present Gripen but will ADA prefer the EJ200 over the GE 414.

Anonymous said...

when is lsp 03 roling out. why is there so much of delay if radar to be integrated has already been tested in different platforms and at the atc. is there any major difference with lsp02

Anonymous said...

Would like to know your inputs about this news
http://www.indianexpress.com/news/what-went-wrong-with-lca-arjun-tank-akash-missile/429935/
on LCA ?