We had received many requests from our Filipino and South Korean readers to compare these two light fighters so we decided to fulfill their wish and post a comparison based on the information we got from reliable sources .
Note : The comparison posted is between the TEJAS Mk 1 version and FA -50 .
First of all lets see the similarities between the two fighters ,
Both Jets use Elta 2032 radar and also use the same GE F404 Afterburning Turbofan engines (but different variants of GE F404).Both fighters belongs to “Light Combat Aircraft” category and both fighters also have LIFT (Lead In Fighter Trainer ) variants .Both fighters are fully compatible with israeli missiles ( Derby Python etc ) which is another common feature between both jets .
Now , the Differences ….
1. Speed :
TEJAS : 2,205 km/h ( Mach 1.8 ) (Better)
FA-50 : 1,640 km/h ( Mach 1.5 )
2. Range :
TEJAS : 1,750 km
FA-50 : 1,851 km (Better)
3. TWR ( Thrust -to- Weight Ratio ) :
TEJAS : 1.07 (Better)
FA-50 : 0.96
4. G-limits :
TEJAS : +8/−3.5 g (Better)
FA 50 : +8/−3 g
5. No. of Hard-points :
TEJAS : 8 (Better)
FA-50 : 7
6. Service ceiling :
TEJAS : 16,000 m (Better)
FA-50 : 14,630 m
7. Max. takeoff weight :
TEJAS : 13,500 kg (Better)
FA 50 : 12,300 kg
8.Thrust with afterburner :
TEJAS : 89.8 kN (Better)
FA 50 : 78.7 kN
9 .Main Guns :
TEJAS : 1× mounted 23 mm twin-barrel GSh-23 cannon (Better)
FA-50 : 1× 20 mm (0.787 in) General Dynamics A-50 3-barrel
10 . Price per Unit :
TEJAS : USD $24 million ( (Better , Tejas is cheaper with better features than FA-50 )
FA-50 : USD $30 million
Based on the above comparison Tejas comes out as a better option than FA-50 atleast in my view because Tejas has better performance stats and lower unit price compared to FA-50 .
Tejas also has ZERO Crash record while the T-50 ( Trainer version of FA-50 ) has seen total 3 crashes till date resulting in total 5 casualties so Tejas can also be called safer to fly .However the specifications and service history of both aircrafts may change with the arrival of upgraded future variants .
Hope you enjoyed this comparison between two very capable light fighters .
– Written & Posted By Our Team