The first flight of the naval version of India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) is expected to take place by May or June of this year. The Naval Prototype-1 (NP-1) was rolled out on July 6, 2010. It is currently undergoing integration tests the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. facility in Bengaluru. “We are doing the integration tests on the aircraft,” says C.D. Balaji, LCA Navy project director. “We have suspended the platform on bungee cords for undergoing a series of tests. This will be ...

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