Secondly, the LCA has successfully achieved take-off and landing on the “Vikramatia” aircraft carrier on January 11, 2020. It is already a carrier-based aircraft in the true sense. It only needs to be changed from a skid-jump type to a catapult type. There is no need to go to great lengths to get on the ship. The new generation of carrier-based trainers of the US military have not made hard requirements for boarding, and are almost only used for shore-based take-off and landing training, and the LCA that can board the ship can bring them a value-for-money experience.
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Third, although the LCA is not big, it is a real fighter. Compared with the T50, T-7A, and M346 trainers, the LCA is not famous, but it is better than these fighters in every aspect. From the light fighter to the trainer, the essence is concentrated. It can It is also easier to better perform the teaching tasks of advanced subjects, and it is easier to connect with the fighter. It is easier to maintaince also cheaper compare to other aircraft, only $40 million.
The fourth and most important point is that in the 20 years since the LCA was launched, it has never crashed. In particular, Hindustan Airlines, which is famous for its crashes, is even more precious and sludge is not contaminated. Isn’t the safety performance the most important thing about carrier-based trainers? LCA can satisfy all pilots’ desire to return home safely.
Besides, you will never be afraid of crashing when you fly LCA. Tejas aircraft is flying for the last 20 years and has never crashed which makes Tejas the safest fighter aircraft in the world. The MK16LG ejection seat equipped by LCA is even more advanced. It can not only protect the life of the trainees at the critical moment, but even the Russian Su-35S pilots said that its ejection seat is very comfortable after the LCA test drive. (Maybe there is really nothing else to boast about)
In short, the LCA is the “excellent choice” for the next generation US military’s carrier-based trainer. In addition, Tejas naval variant is a two seater aircraft, compared to two at a time other trainers can only train one student pilot, which really greatly improves the efficiency.