Well recently TOI published an article "Navy rejects Tejas, says 'overweight' fighter does not meet its - Times of India" and thanks to the superb journalism and so deep study by TOI ( being sarcastic) now there is another misconception floating about Tejas ( for god's sake seriously).
Now I see like thousands of people on internet from India and neighbouring countries( u know from which countries ) claiming that TEJAS IS REJECTED AND HOW IT FAILED (-_-) and funny part they just like TOI writers don't know half things, so I decided to clear some things out.
Well as it is true that IN has said that Tejas at current is overweight and not suitable for Carrier Operation but what TOI failed to acknowledge is that it is with current TEJAS MK1 & MK1A variant and navy has not rejected TEJAS.
Navy since the beginning has asked for Tejas mk2 which will house a bigger engine, will be longer and lighter (just plane weight) and will be able carry more weight and have more range. HAL at current offered Navy Mk1a but as Navy wants a mk2 so IT REJECTED MK1 AND MK1A saying it's overweight and doesn't fulfill Navy's requirement and bam next day we see an article on TOI which says "Navy rejects Tejas, says 'overweight' fighter does not meet its - Times of India" and then this news spread and misconception was born.
At current development of Tejas naval is being done and trials are being done using the MK1 naval prototype using which hal even did land based trials for carrier operations ( by creating a carrier type ramp on land and trying takeoff ) and Tejas mk1a was successful in trials but still navy has a requirement of more load carrying capacity and range ( which mk2 has to fulfill).
So TEJAS NAVAL IS UNDER DEVELOPMENT AND YES IT IS NOT REJECTED BY NAVY ( MK1 and mk1a will not be used ).
SO I HOPE I HAVE CLEARED THE MISCONCEPTION ABOUT NAVAL VERSION OF TEJAS.
There are several other misconception which I have already covered in my post
"MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT TEJAS LCA"
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