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Indian Navy TEDBF prototype is said to be ready by 2026

Source : IgMp Bureau

The Indian Navy is preparing for a groundbreaking leap in its naval aviation as the prototype of the HAL Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) is set to be unveiled by 2026. The subsequent production phase is expected to commence by 2032, marking a significant milestone in India’s commitment to advancing cutting-edge technologies for deck-based fighter operations.

Indian Navy TEDBF prototype is said to be ready by 2026

Indian Navy TEDBF prototype is said to be ready by 2026
A Computer Generated Imag (CGI) of Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) by Kuntal Biswas

Recent enhancements to INS Vikrant underscore India’s unwavering dedication to advancing its naval prowess. With the integration of state-of-the-art radar and missiles, the aircraft carrier solidifies its position as a linchpin in safeguarding the nation’s maritime interests. The journey, from conceptualizing advanced fighters to the selection of the Rafale-M, showcases India’s strategic foresight in building a formidable naval air wing.The evolution of INS Vikrant’s air wing has been a carefully considered process, weighing various aircraft options. Initial considerations involved the MiG-29K and LCA Navy, culminating in the unveiling of the HAL TEDBF at the 2021 Aero India Air Show.

In 2012, discussions leaned towards the potential acquisition of the Dassault Rafale-M (Naval Variant), highlighting India’s pursuit of cutting-edge naval fighters. Subsequent years witnessed rigorous evaluations and trials, including testing the TEJAS, MiG-29K, and the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.

The pivotal decision, unveiled on July 15, 2023, disclosed India’s preference for the Rafale M, aligning seamlessly with the nation’s logistics system. Prime Minister Narendra Modi played a pivotal role in announcing the acquisition of 24 to 30 Rafale fighter jets during his Bastille Day parade visit to France on July 14, 2023.

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A French Navy Rafale Marine taking off from French Navy Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaule (File Photo)

In conclusion, the imminent arrival of the TEDBF prototype in 2026 signifies a paradigm shift in India’s naval aviation capabilities. The meticulous selection of the Rafale-M, coupled with INS Vikrant’s technological enhancements, positions the Indian Navy at the forefront of maritime defense. As the TEDBF takes flight, it is poised to redefine naval warfare dynamics and solidify India’s standing as a key player in the global naval aviation landscape.

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