Aeronautical Development Agency

The Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) of the India's Ministry of Defence was established in Bangalore in 1984 to oversee the development of the nation's Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) programme.

Airframe

LCA-Tejas uses as high as 45 percent composite in its airframe. Composite structure owe their lightweight characteristics to the designer freedom to place the load carrying material only where it is required.This is archived by using lightweight, high-strength fibers embedded in a resign matrix which can be oriented during the manufacturing process to suit the designers requirements.

Facilities

*ASMS
*Cockpit Environment Facility
*Computing Center
*Iron Bird
*LCA Hangar
*Lightening Test Facility
*Virtual Reality
*Wind Tunnel Testing Facility

Software Development

ADA has established advanced state of the art computing center with several powerful equipments and software. ADA has developed specialized software in the fields of CAD/CAE/CAM, Avionics, Systems, Independent Validation and Verification, Flight simulation. The spin-off benefits of the research and development is realized with help of commercial partnership with leading multi-national companies such as Boeing, Airbus, IBM, Dassault Systèmes, Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC). The following are some of the software developed for the LCA-Tejas development programme.

* Autolay
* CADTRANS
* FINESSE
* FINEGRAF
* GITA
* PRANA

Successful flights

LCA-Tejas has completed total 928 test flights successfully (TD1-233,TD2-258,PV1-156,PV2-74,PV3-71,LSP1-25,LSP2-11) LCA-Tejas Prototype Vehicle-2 took off with the LDP. The flight was flown by Wg Cdr N Tiwari.

ee also

*DRDO
*HAL Tejas - Light Combat Aircraft

External links

* [http://www.ada.gov.in/ ADA website]


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