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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Match-up

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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                    Maz
                    Jan 19, 2016 at 6:15 pm
                    Teja is only on papers JF17 is reality
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                      Maz
                      Jan 19, 2016 at 6:22 pm
                      That tomorrow is never going to comment, live in fools paradise
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                        Maz
                        Jan 19, 2016 at 6:13 pm
                        There is no flight of Tejas n comparing with JF17 which is I already inducted
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                          Maz
                          Jan 19, 2016 at 6:19 pm
                          You live in fools paradise, world has changed
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                            Maz
                            Jan 19, 2016 at 6:18 pm
                            You stay under this impression world has changed.
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                              BraratK
                              Jan 18, 2016 at 12:09 pm
                              @Amanda: You are a Porki, Commie, Naxalite, a Nepali, Bangladesi, a Chinese stooge.
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                                Jit kamal
                                Jul 30, 2016 at 3:34 pm
                                Accha hain BC dono apas main lar lar ke Mar jao.... Bad pe amreeka wale hamare lo main dance karenge
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                                  Robert
                                  Jan 19, 2016 at 8:50 am
                                  Did these two fighters preform at the Bahrain air show or yet waiting for the show. Those who support their own fighters must wait until the match is over in the sky of Bahrain. Besides, I wonder why the two people are targeting each other. stanis of course awe struck at the Indian success and they have no enemies other than India. Even the terrorists of all kinds are friends with stan which strives hard to emulate India in all the field, revealing implicitly her intention to be an Indian satellite . But I do not understand as to why India is so paranoid about stan? Shouldn't they look at the USA, Russia France or at east Israel. Wake up India , aim high not the one below.
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                                    Amanda
                                    Jan 18, 2016 at 11:57 am
                                    "......there is a lot of great technology on the Tejas, such as the Israeli HMD."____ONLY SPECIES THAT FEELS ABSOLUTELY NO SHAME AND RATHER PRIDES ITSELF THAT IT HAS THE TECHNOLOGY OF A FOREIGN (THAT TOO ISRAEL) COUNTRY AND THATVIT IS NOT INDIGENOUS - BRAHMINS.
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                                      Zahid
                                      Mar 7, 2016 at 11:31 am
                                      what's in the above link will be an eye-opener for the article writer.
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                                        Zahid
                                        Feb 14, 2016 at 7:09 am
                                        Those links will be enough for the eye opening for the Indians. I know one of the most intelligent and smart nation in the world is Indian. Tejas in the future will beat F-22 Raptor in 2018.
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                                          Adi
                                          Jan 18, 2016 at 5:33 am
                                          In maderssas across the subcontinent
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                                            Arun
                                            Jan 18, 2016 at 12:56 pm
                                            Giving my unbiased opinion here just based on facts only. JF-17 is a 3rd Gen Fighter Jet developed jointly by PAC and Chengdu. HAL Tejas is a 4th Gen Fighter Jet developed solely by HAL. Meanwhile FGFA is a 5th Gen Fighter being developed jointly by HAL and Sukhoi. Secondly coming to the stats matchup: JF-17 uses Klimov RD93, while Tejas uses GE-F404 both Afterburning Turbofan engines, but the GE-F404 has better pressure and lower byp ratio which makes it heavier than its counterpart but far more efficient. Next Tejas' Airframe is made up of CFC's which dramatically improves the fatigue strength and heat resistance of the Aircraft, allowing it to travel longer at supersonic speeds. Also Tejas has shorter take-off and landing distance quite suitable for India's aircraft carrier, and larger cargo and fuel capacity. Overall Tejas looks much better for being developed ingenuously than its counterpart JF-17. But since the weapons system to be mounted aren't available, One has to wait for the Air show to get a full representation of their capabilities.
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