Thiruvananthapuram: The country's indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) would enter service sometime next year, according to Kota Harinarayana, Fellow, National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Bangalore. The programme would eventually lead to the design and manufacture of large fighter aircraft of the size of MiGs, he said.
"The LCA produced at Bangalore had so far conducted 1000 successful test flights. IAF has already ordered 20 aircraft from the production centre in Bangalore," Harinarayan said her Saturday, while inaugurating a workshop on 'Systems approach in engineering design: national security and wealth generation.'
The workshop was organised by the Systems Society of India, Thiruvananthapuram chapter.
Kota Harinarayana is the founding father of the LCA project and was its project director in the 1980S. The LCA's current lot of test aircraft carry the KH sign in his honour.
He said that there was need for an integrated systems approach in engineering. "As real talent was rare, we need to combine innovation, entrepreneurship, business, engineering and human values to be successful," he said.
Former VSSC director SC Gupta was honoured on the occasion.