India’s Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) has awarded BAE Systems a $20 million contract to supply digital flight control computer equipment for the integrated flight control system on India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA).
BAE Systems Controls, which performed development work on the aircraft’s flight control system during the 1990s, will supply six sets of actuators and sensors, each consisting of 28 line-replaceable units. The company has also been contracted to complete qualification testing on actuator hardware being flown on two LCA development aircraft.
The LCA made its inaugural flight in January 2001, and two demonstration aircraft have since completed more than 30 successful sorties. Three or four additional development aircraft are planned.
ADE is one of several government agencies working with India’s Aeronautical Development Agency on development of the LCA, the world’s smallest, lightest supersonic multirole combat aircraft. The Light Combat Aircraft has been designed as the Indian Air Force’s frontline tactical aircraft.