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04 February 2009

Bangalore: India's Aeronautical Development Agency, a Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) lab, will design and develop a medium combat aircraft with "stealth features" in partnership with Indian Air Force, an ADA official said Tuesday at the Aero India press conference.

"We are working with air force as to what their requirement is," said ADA director, Dr PS Subramanyam.

"They (IAF) are also coming forward to evolve the specifications of medium combat aircraft...what we call next generation fighter aircraft," Subramanyam said.

According to Subramanyam, the next generation aircraft would be a twin-engine, 20-tonne aircraft, likely to be powered by a Kaveri-Snecma engine. "It will have stealth features," he said.

"It's going to be a joint activity (between ADA and IAF) from the beginning", Subramanyam said, adding "it's good that even the air force feels that we should take up this programme".

Meanwhile, Subramanyam also said that the Light Combat Aircraft Tejas had begun flying with weapons and integration of the multi-mode radar would be completed next month. "Once I do that, more or less, the system development activity (of LCA-Tejas) is completed", he added.

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