The HAL Tejas is a joint work of the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Aircraft Research and Design Center (ARDC) of India. The aircraft is a fourth-generation multirole lightweight fighter powered by a single-engine designed for the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
2001 to: Present
US$64 million (2020)
NVG & HUD by CSIO and SSDU & ADC by Bharat Electronics Limited
1x General Electric F404-GE-IN20
20,200 pound-force
Max Cruise Speed:
1066 knots
1,974 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
Travel range:
1,726 Nautical Miles
3,197 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
Service Ceiling:
50,000 feet
Rate of Climb:

Take Off Distance:
Landing Distance:
Max Take Off Weight:
13,500 Kg
29,762 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
Max Payload:
5,300 Kg
11,684 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
1,620 gallon
6,132 litre
Baggage Volume:
Seats - Economy / General:
1 seats
Seats - Business Class:
Seats - First Class:
Cabin Height:
Cabin Width:
Cabin Length:
Exterior Length:
13.2 metre - 43.31 feet
Tail height:
4.4 metre - 14.44 feet
Fuselage Diameter:
1 metre - 3.28 feet
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
8.2 metre - 26.90 feet
Wing Tips:
No Winglets

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The HAL Tejas MK 1 has an external length of 13.2 meters and an external height of 2.6 meters. The fuselage diameter is 1 meter and the tail height is 4.4 meters. The delta wing has a wingspan of 8.2 meters and a wing area of 38.4 square meters. The aircraft has an empty weight of 6,560 kg, a gross weight of 9,800 kg, and a maximum takeoff weight of 13,500 kg. The maximum payload is 5,300 kg and the fuel capacity is 320 US gal. It can accommodate one to two crew members.

The MK 1 is powered by a General Electric F404-GE-IN20 engine. It is an afterburning turbofan with an axial compressor with three fans and seven HP stages, annular combustors, and one LP, and seven HP stage turbine. The engine produces a maximum dry thrust of 12,100 lbf and an afterburning thrust of 20,200 lbf. The aircraft has a maximum cruise speed of 1,066 knots. It has a standard range of 459 nautical miles, a combat range of 280 nautical miles with internal tanks, and a ferry range of 1,726 nautical miles with two external drop tanks. The MK 1 can fly up to 50,000 feet.

The Tejas MK 1 is armed with several guns, rockets, missiles, and bombs. It is loaded with a 23-mm twin-barrel GSh-23 cannon, a total of eight hardpoints (one below the port side intake trunk for targeting pods, six below the wing, and one below the fuselage) with a capacity of 5,700 kg with provisions to carry combinations of S-8 rocket pods, air-to-air missiles such as Astra IR, Astra Mark 1 and 2, R-73, R-77, and ASRAAM, air-to-surface missiles such as BrahMos-NG air-launched cruise missile, KH-59ME, KH-59L, and KH-59T,anti-ship missile including Kh-35 and Kh-59MK. It carries different bombs such as precision-guided munition, laser-guided, cluster munition, and unguided bombs. The aircraft also features Hybrid Elta EL/M-2032 multimode planar array fire control radar.

The Tejas was produced from 2001 up to the present with a total of thirty-three aircraft built.

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