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India's Indigenous 5th-Gen Combat Plane to Boast Of Condition Monitoring Systems

India is developing a new fifth general fighter aircraft and it will have the latest integrated condition monitoring systems covering important systems such as avionics, structural health, air conditioning, and pressure regulation.

This was revealed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief Dr VK Saraswat at a two-day national conference on 'Condition Monitoring of Engineering Systems and Structures' organised jointly by the Research and Development Establishment (Engineers) of the DRDO and Condition Monitoring Society of India at Pune.

Inaugurating the conference, Saraswat said technologies drive doctrines and with advancing technologies, maintenance strategies have changed over the years from ‘break-down’ to ‘preventive’ to ‘predictive’ to ‘proactive’ and systems have evolved to ‘self-diagnosis’ and ‘self-healing’, by integrating nano, micro and bio-technologies.

He said that the development of sensors, signal processing techniques, decision support systems and software are the main challenges in condition-monitoring and structural-health-monitoring.

Saraswat also released the conference souvenir and proceedings.

India is developing its own fifth generation combat jet in the form of the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) that was formerly conceived as the Medium Combat Aircraft (MCA). The AMCA will be a single-seater, twin-engine stealth multirole fighter.

The AMCA is likely to complement the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) and the Indo-Russian joint venture fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA), also known as the PAK FA, the Sukhoi Su-30MKI and the Dassault Rafale, which will be the chosen plane under the MMRCA or the medium multi-role combat aircraft tender for 126 planes for the Indian Air Force (IAF).

AMCA will be powered by the GTX Kaveri engine that will provide it thrust vectoring and possible supercruise capabilities. With the DRDO tying up with French Snecma for the engine's development, Kaveri is expected to provide 90 KiloNewton to 95 kiloNewton of power.

The IAF had issued the Air Staff requirements (ASR) for the AMCA in April 2010, placing the plane in the 25-ton category.

Apart from an air force version of the AMCA, it is also envisaged to develop a carrier-borne version for use on Indian Navy's indigenous aircraft carriers of the future.

The design and development of AMCA is now in progress and it is likely to go for first flight in about three years or so, sometime in 2015, and later be available for induction into the air force in another three years from then, by the end of 2018.

The AMCA will be designed with a very small radar cross-section and is expected to feature serpentine shaped air-intakes, internal weapons and the use of composites and other materials. The AMCA project is estimated to cost about $2 billion for the DRDO.

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Das Posted on: June 17, 2012
Saraswat dreams.
First let Saraswat develop the Tejas and fly it, then he can dream about the rest. Recently he flew the gripen jet . Can he compare it with Tejas? IAF should not waste any more time on Tejas. A sheer waste of research expenditure and resources. As a stop gap measure they should go for gripen to replace the Tejas.
Dheeraj Posted on: June 19, 2012
Living in Fool's Paradise
VK Sarawat is Missile expert (not sure on even this as he always claim 100% hit accuracy for launched missiles) since when did he become expert in avaiation. He's yet to prove his launched missiles reach the intended targets...just announcing in news doesnt satisfy people..Who's gonna develop 5th generation aircraft ? HAL, ADE...They can't even service 1969's Mig 21's let alone develop 5th generation aircraft. All HAL service aircraft's sooner or later have some techinical snags and crash. DRDO is full of some jokers who don't know what they can develop and what they can't. Such is the state of affairs in our domestic defence industry that even basic defence equipment like Insas rifle has been rejected by armed forces. Still the jokers siting in MOD want to push it down the throat of armed forces to show they are on top of indigenization route. They can't develop basic things like Artillery Shells and had to tie up with Israel (IAI) to develop factory in Bihar to manufacture artillery shells in India. How can he even talk about developing technologies for 5th generation aircraft. Enough of folling around with fellow citizens of India. and stop wasting our monay paid as tax. Raksha mantri should be nomiated who has some sense of affairs related to defence. I don't see that in our politicians.
Indian Posted on: June 26, 2012
Making nonsense comments here is easy..
@Dheeraj, @DAS,
If u think u ppl are so smart then join drdo or any research organisation and build a better plane, missile or jet.. sittin at home and barking will not make u intelligent...
MARK Posted on: June 28, 2012
Please complete the pending projects on time and then think about new arrivals. your LCA is still not with IAF. FGFA is very far, whereas pak & chinese airforces are already in there new . 'FIGHTERS' Please don't fool nation with your dreams come to reality two hostile neighbours and world's arm market are trying to eat our country. Please envolve more indian corporates companies in R&D.
Janosh Posted on: July 05, 2012
It is possible
VK Sarawat is right. Don't let time waste on concentrating a single program. India is filled with enough engineers and scientists. You have done the begining, have flown into the sky, now go one step more ahead to fly in the universe. It's absolutely possible.
Robert Posted on: July 10, 2012
China unveiled her 5th generation stealth fighter some time ago and took the world by surprise. The showcase occurred during a visit of one of the US high ranking officials. China did not reveal her program to the world and did not crow abort its technological advancements. But produced her stealth fifth generation fighter plane. On the other hand our country men, start blowing their trumpet , even before they draw the sketch on the drawing board. DRDO's mouth is like a broken pitcher, every thing runs out of it. In the meantime I would like to know as to what happened to the program to produce laser guided bombs, that were supposed to be delivered to the army in 2012. DRDO described it in such a way, it made all of us to raise our eye brows with pride. Well as usual , program ends up in smoke and become as white elephants. Even the USA does not reveal its defense program, until the last period of development and when it reaches a stage of testing. DRDO since its inception, failed to live up to its name. Even the missiles , Barak , Spider and varieties of systems are purchased , not developed. The recent new items says that the GOI has placed an order to purchase 2.5 Billion worth of missiles from the USA as a replacement of the aging Russian missiles. Unless the private sectors are given the freedom to research and develop, India will have to live as a country of borrowing feathers.
Singh Posted on: July 27, 2012
Decades to develop LCA (not yet delivered) and less than one decade for AMCA!!
DRDO is just full of it. It is government funded and has a monopoly. It announces many projects but completes none. I think the DRDO has a medical condition called "Attention Deficit Disorder", also called ADHD, which the AMCA is going to turn into. DRDO cannot even manufacture shells for the T-72 and the T-90, which India is now going to buy from Russia. The T-72 has been in service with the Indian Army since at least the early 1970's.
India needs to get the private sector involved to provide competition to DRDO. I bet we will see results overnight!
Gopal Singh Posted on: October 03, 2012
When kavwe engine will get ready
When kavwe engine will get ready for induction in our planes
Chinese Ruscal Posted on: January 01, 2013
China's Fear
China is Always Afraid of India. Chinese Defective Products Are Gobbling The Whole World. China is very Much Ahed Of India in Financial Condition. But With this Less Financial Power, India is Doing Well in It's Every Stage. China Has Become Like A Mad Barking Dog With Its Flop Foreign Policy. China Can't Fight Against India That's Why It Is Taking Help of "Loser" Pakistan, The House Of terror. India Is Fighting Against Terrorism. China Is Not Doing That. China Is Throwing Just Big Big Comments Sitting In Home. India has Committed To Fight Against Terror. China Is Dreaming To Defeate India, Russia, The US & Japan. Actually China Is Nothing To Vietnam. Then What about The other Four. JUST DREAM & GOD WILL HELP YOU TO WIN. OH! I'M SORRY. COMMUNIST PEOPLE DON'T BELIEVE IN GOD. THEY THINK THAT CHINA IS GOD. Good Night Barking Dogs. Bye.

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