Plane comparison: Pakistan Thunder versus Indian Tejas

This will be the first appearance of Tejas at a foreign air show, and is bound to be compared with Pakistan’s JF-17 Thunder fighter produced with Chinese help.

Written by Sushant Singh | New Delhi | Updated: January 18, 2016 7:10 am
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India’s indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas reached Sakhir Air Base last week to participate in the Bahrain International Air Show 2016, which will be held from January 21. This will be the first appearance of Tejas at a foreign air show, and is bound to be compared with Pakistan’s JF-17 Thunder fighter produced with Chinese help.

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Thunder

JF-17 Thunder is a third-generation fighter co-produced by Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC), Kamra, and China’s Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation. It has been in service since 2010, with the PAC rolling out the 16th of its 50 Block-2 aircraft to complete the PAF’s fourth JF-17 squadron last month.

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Tejas

LCA Tejas has not been inducted into the IAF yet. Starting in 1984, Tejas has been designed and developed by Aeronautical Development Agency with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd and Defence Research and Development Organisation. Test pilots have done more than 3,000 flights on the fighter, which still awaits IAF’s Final Operational Clearance. The IAF has ordered six squadrons (120 aircraft) of Tejas Mark-1A but there is no certainty over the induction schedule.

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How do the two fighters stack up against each other? Aviation expert Angad Singh says that “between the lack of publically confirmed data on the JF-17 (weapons, for example) and the in-development status of the LCA Tejas, any comparison is inherently apples to oranges. Tejas and JF-17 have been designed very differently. Tejas was meant as the next generation fighter — there is a lot of great technology on the Tejas, such as the Israeli HMD. For Pakistan, the JF-17 is meant to replace its old fleet of Mirage III and Chengdu J-7 fighters, which it has done.”

Sources: www.geaviation.com, www.globalsecurity.org, IHS Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft, Development and Production, 2013-2014, www.jf-17.com, www.hal-india.com

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    Shahid
    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:21 pm
    We both the Indians and stanis are stupid those Europeans and Americans fought two we and learn lesson from it but we both don't they become union no war no visa one currency they makes fighters sub !Marines tanka and sell us ten time hoghwr profit then actually could have being stani I can told my Indian brothers and sisters that sane mes holds no ill will against Indians but this internet become source of spreading hatred against each othwr
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      Suc
      Jan 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm
      U will see the tejas in bahrain. While jf17 has backed off.
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        ANIL.Sharma
        Jan 18, 2016 at 4:30 pm
        stan does not need JF-17. Modi told Nawaz "Nawazji, if it is really required, then just give me a call, I will come to pick the pods in my Air Force Zero flight like I dropped the Patankot attackers in Patankot the other days(see I am not calling them as terrorists)."
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          Sumathi
          Jan 18, 2016 at 4:22 pm
          I never heard about JF-17. BUT I HAVE BEEN HEARING AL LOT ABOUT TEJAS......TEJAS.......TEJAS.......SINCE I WAS 10 years old. KEEP UP THE EXCELLENT WORK INDIA, I WOULD LIKE TO CELEBRATE MY 100TH BIRTHDAY WIH A CAKE SHAPED LIKE TEJAS.
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            Amanda
            Jan 18, 2016 at 12:06 pm
            "...Tejas was meant as the next generation fighter" ______ ANOTHER SHAMELESS COMMENT BY SO CALLED AVIATION EXPERT ANGAD SINGH(DOES ANYBODY KNOW WHO THAT AVIATION EXPERT IS/WAS). _____TEJAS DEVELOPMENT HAS BEEN HAPPENING FOR 3 GENERATIONS NOW AND BRAHMIN INCOMPETENCE IS BRAZENLY EXHIBITED. THAT FICTIOUS GUY IS CLAIMING TEJAS IS NEXT GENERATION FIGHTER. WHAT A TRAVESTY.
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            Maz
            Jan 19, 2016 at 6:39 pm
            But there is no flying aircraft as Teja, what r Indians going to fly in Bahrain
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              Maz
              Jan 19, 2016 at 6:25 pm
              But where is the aircraft, u compare things for real not what is on drawing board for 3 decades
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                Maz
                Jan 19, 2016 at 6:24 pm
                JF17 is flying...Teja may lying in ocean will take many decades to bring out
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