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HAL Tejas AF MWF (Medium Weight Fighter )


Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (2027)


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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.
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.

This article will be revised as additional information on the product is released.

Specifications



Service Year
2027

Origin
India national flag graphic
India

Status
IN-DEVELOPMENT
Program in Progress.
Crew
1

Production
0
UNITS


Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) - India
National flag of India India (planned)
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Air-to-Air Combat, Fighter
General ability to actively engage other aircraft of similar form and function, typically through guns, missiles, and/or aerial rockets.
Interception
Ability to intercept inbound aerial threats by way of high-performance, typically speed and rate-of-climb.
Ground Attack (Bombing, Strafing)
Ability to conduct aerial bombing of ground targets by way of (but not limited to) guns, bombs, missiles, rockets, and the like.


Length
47.9 ft
(14.60 m)
Width/Span
27.9 ft
(8.50 m)
Height
14.4 ft
(4.40 m)
Empty Wgt
19,842 lb
(9,000 kg)
MTOW
38,581 lb
(17,500 kg)
Wgt Diff
+18,739 lb
(+8,500 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the HAL Tejas AF Mk.2 production variant)
Installed: 1 x General Electric GE F414-INS6 FADEC afterburning turbofan engine developing between 20,000lb and 30,000lb of thrust with reheat.
Max Speed
1,429 mph
(2,300 kph | 1,242 kts)
Ceiling
52,493 ft
(16,000 m | 10 mi)
Range
1,243 mi
(2,000 km | 3,704 nm)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the HAL Tejas AF Mk.2 production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database. View aircraft by powerplant type)
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.


Supported Types


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(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Hardpoint Mountings: 11


Tejas Mk.2 MWF ("Medium Weight Fighter") - Base Series Designation.


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