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HAL Tejas AF MWF (Medium Weight Fighter )


Multi-Role Combat Aircraft


India | 2027



"The HAL Tejas Mk.2 MWF is being planned as an evolution of the existing Tejas Mk.1 fighter line by India - intended to replace the existing fleet of Mirage 2000s."



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 02/26/2019 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site; No A.I. was used in the generation of this content.
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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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the HAL Tejas AF Mk.2 Multi-Role Combat Aircraft.
1 x General Electric GE F414-INS6 FADEC afterburning turbofan engine developing between 20,000lb and 30,000lb of thrust with reheat.
Propulsion
1,429 mph
2,300 kph | 1,242 kts
Max Speed
52,493 ft
16,000 m | 10 miles
Service Ceiling
1,243 miles
2,000 km | 1,080 nm
Operational Range
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Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
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Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the HAL Tejas AF Mk.2 Multi-Role Combat Aircraft.
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(MANNED)
Crew
47.9 ft
14.60 m
O/A Length
27.9 ft
(8.50 m)
O/A Width
14.4 ft
(4.40 m)
O/A Height
19,842 lb
(9,000 kg)
Empty Weight
38,581 lb
(17,500 kg)
MTOW
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
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SPEED
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the HAL Tejas AF MWF (Medium Weight Fighter ) Multi-Role Combat Aircraft .
STANDARD:
1 x 23mm GSh-23 twin-barrel internal cannon.

OPTIONAL:
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.
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the HAL Tejas AF MWF (Medium Weight Fighter ) family line.
Tejas Mk.2 MWF ("Medium Weight Fighter") - Base Series Designation.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the HAL Tejas AF MWF (Medium Weight Fighter ). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 0 Units

Contractor(s): Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) - India
National flag of India

[ India (planned) ]
Relative Max Speed
Hi: 1500mph
Lo: 750mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (1,429mph).

Graph Average of 1,125 MPH.
Era Crossover
Pie graph section
Showcasing Aircraft Era Crossover (if any)
Max Alt Visualization
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MACH Regime (Sonic)
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ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030
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Mission Roles
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to airborne requirements.
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INTERCEPTION
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Recognition
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