Keen Interest shown in Unique Iron Bird Facility at HAL

Platform where all the issues of LCA Tejas flight control are resolved
Friday, September 5, 2014

Bangalore: Air Chief Marshal, Arup Raha, Chief of the Air Staff visited HAL’s state-of-the-art Iron Bird facility at Aircraft Research and Design Centre (ARDC) and appreciated the joint team efforts of HAL and other agencies that has resulted in completion of more than 14,370 hours of rigorous software testing of LCA -Tejas till date.

Accompanying the Air Chief, Dr. R.K. Tyagi, Chairman, HAL said “It is a unique facility and an asset to the LCA Tejas program. Using this facility, tests can be carried out under normal and failure modes for complex aircraft systems. The facility allows for an integrity test for the flight control system for statically unstable aircraft such as LCA and very few countries in the world have access to such a testing platform."

Iron Bird is the final platform where all the issues of LCA Tejas flight control systems are resolved to ensure safety of the flight. It is a test rig that facilitates ground testing of flight control system (FCS), components and software for LCA in open loop and closed loop modes.

Other associated aircraft systems like LCA standard cockpit with necessary controls and displays, hydraulic system, landing gear retraction/extension systems, FCS related Utility Services Management System (USMS) and nose wheel steering systems are also evaluated at the Iron Bird.