The LCA Navy Mk1 is equipped with a unique flight control law mode that enables hands-free takeoff to lessen the effort on the pilot as the aircraft launches from the aircraft carrier ramp and automatically places the aircraft on an ascending trajectory. In order to further autonomous technology in the next generation fighter programme, the designers of India’s 5.5 Generation AMCA fighter jet have begun work on a fully automatic vision-based Autonomous Taxi Take Off & Landing system.
In order to taxi aircraft from the hangar to the main runway and shift throttle levers to the take off setting to accelerate automatically while keeping the runway centerline with the default take off speed, image recognition technology and other sensors will be installed on the aircraft.
The development of Unmanned AMCA, as intended by its creators, will be made possible by the Autonomous Taxi Take Off & Landing function. However, Manned AMCA will also have this capability in order to lessen additional pilot workload. It will be viewed as an additional safety feature to further lower the chances of accidents when aircraft and jets are coming in for a landing or taking off after numerous sorties, even though pilots will remain at the centre of operations.
A further development over the current Autonomous Take Off & Landing system will be the Autonomous Taxi Take Off & Landing capability, which may initially be employed on ISUAV and FUFA programmes before being included to AMCA Mk2. Unmanned LCA Tejas Mk1 and AMCA are still in the proposal stage of development, but in order for them to become a reality, autonomous taxi take off & landing feature and autonomous take off & landing systems would be required.