Naval LCA Tejas: Arrested Landing Explained

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DRDO and the Aeronautical Development Agency on 13th September,19 successfully conducted the first-ever arrested landing (short landing) of LCA Tejas fighter jet at a test facility in Goa.

What is ‘Arrested Landing’?

For those of who don’t know what actually an ‘Arrested Landing’ is, Arrested Landing is basically a short landing which means the aircraft makes the landing in a short very small runway, runways as small as on an Aircraft Carrier. 

The aircraft carrier’s flight deck is only about 200 metres (compared to about 2000 metres in airports) of runway space for landing the fighter jets, which isn’t nearly enough for the heavy, high-speed jets.

How is Arrested landing done?

For this purpose, all Naval fighter jets to land in an Aircraft carrier has a ‘Tailhook’, which is exactly what it sounds like, is an extended hook attached to the plane’s tail.

Now the aircrafts have ‘Arresting wires’ stretched across the deck of the carrier and are attached on both ends to hydraulic cylinders below deck. Now when the tailhook gets attached to an arresting wire, it pulls the wire out, and the hydraulic cylinder system absorbs the energy to bring the plane to a stop. This is how Arrested landing is done on an aircraft carrier, it is indeed a big task for the pilot and the crew to make a successful landing.

Naval LAC Tejas Landing-

Before we read more about it let’s see the actual video.

https://youtu.be/ysWbmRXg3Cc

The Naval LCA Tejas made its first flight in April 2012 and two prototypes have been flying as part of the development.

Now, as Light Combat Aircraft indigenously developed by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has successfully executed its test Arrested Landing at a shore based test facility (SBTF-replicates the flight deck of an aircraft carrier, specifically built to train naval pilots of landing on the short flight deck of an aircraft carrier) in Goa, it will now be going for another arrested landing test an our aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.

This is also a big step in getting the LAC Tejas aircraft operational on our aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya. As the Indian Navy currently uses the Russian made MiG-29K fighters from its Aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, it will also fly from the first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier Vikrant once it enters service, once all the tests are successful the indigenously build LAC Tejas will also be deployed on aircraft carriers.

So, hope you have understood about the importance of Naval LAC Tejas Aircraft and Arrested Landing, and had a good time reading about it on DefenceMag. Feel free to comment down your thoughts or doubts and we will try to reply to you as soon as possible.

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