In February of 2019, at Aero India 2019, the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) of India showcased a mockup of the Tejas AF Mk.2 "Medium Weight Fighter" (MWF) as a potential successor to the Indian Air Force's existing fleet of Mirage 2000 strike fighters (detailed elsewhere on this site). At its core, the Tejas AF Mk.2 is a direct evolution of the original Tejas multirole fighter line (detailed elsewhere on this site) complete with changes to better suit the airframe for the strike-minded role.
Key physical changes to the aircraft include a slightly lengthened fuselage and widened wingspan with canard foreplanes added to enhance controlling and improve handling at various attack angles. Most of the form of the original Tejas fighter would be retained including its single vertical tail fin, delta-wing mainplanes, and side-mounted intakes aspirating the single engine installation. The proposed engine fit is the digitally-controlled General Electric GE-F414-INS6 afterburning turbofan engine. These changes would result in an aircraft that is heavier than the standard Tejas offering.
As finalized, the aircraft would carry an Active, Electronically-Scanned Array (AESA) radar in the nose with full InfraRed Search-and-Track (IRST) capability. Beyond this a Missile Approach Warning System (MAWS) would be included in the design to enhance survivability. As it stands, the aircraft would see an increase of as much as 85% to ordnance-carrying capabilities, considerably broadening munitions options for the product. Ordnance options would include the current mix of Indian types such as Air-to-Surface Missiles (ASMs), Air-to-Air Missiles (AAMs), conventional and precision-guided drop bombs, rocket pods, and the like. In addition to this, various mission pods would be carried to enhance targeting, tracking, and attack capabilities.
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[ 0 Units ] : Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) - India
- Ground Attack
47.90 ft (14.6 m)
27.89 ft (8.5 m)
14.44 ft (4.4 m)
(Showcased structural dimension values pertain to the HAL Tejas AF Mk.2 production model)
19,842 lb (9,000 kg)
38,581 lb (17,500 kg)
(Showcased weight values pertain to the HAL Tejas AF Mk.2 production model)
1 x General Electric GE F414-INS6 FADEC afterburning turbofan engine developing between 20,000lb and 30,000lb of thrust with reheat.
(Showcased powerplant information pertains to the HAL Tejas AF Mk.2 production model)
1,429 mph (2,300 kph; 1,242 kts)
52,493 feet (16,000 m; 9.94 miles)
1,243 miles (2,000 km; 1,080 nm)
(Showcased performance values pertain to the HAL Tejas AF Mk.2 production model; Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database)
1 x 23mm GSh-23 twin-barrel internal cannon.
Air-to-air (short-range, medium-range, and long-range), air-to-surface, laser-guided and conventional drop/launch ordnance as needed. External fuel and LITENING targeting pod can replace some weapon systems at certain hardpoints.
Ordnance options also include rocket pods, anti-radiation missiles, anti-ship missiles, laser-guided bombs, Fuel-Air Explosives (FAEs), and cluster bombs.
(Showcased armament details pertain to the HAL Tejas AF Mk.2 production model)
Tejas Mk.2 MWF ("Medium Weight Fighter") - Base Series Designation.
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