In a recent Interview Air Chief Marshal Norman Anil Kumar Browne said to an aviation magazine, that AMCA India’s homegrown fifth generation fighter aircraft is still to take off from the drawing board and still at feasibility study stage.
AMCA will be developed has Multirole aircraft medium weight 5th generation aircraft with stealth technology will be able to super cruise with advanced avionics and sensors .idrw.org had earlier mentioned that Agencies are working on two or three AMCA designs and Model shown in Aero India 2011 was just one of the model .
ASR issued by Indian air force last year , pretty much stressed high on Stealth characters of the aircraft which has lead to considerable changes in the original design , Air chief also mentioned that Engines , Avionics and designs itself , and the technology partners for the program has not been finalised yet .
Sources have told idrw.org that Tejas MK-II will carry many of the 5th generation technology; advance variant of this will later find its way into AMCA, first Tejas MK-II aircraft according to sources will be ready by end of 2013 or early 2014 and will have its first flight in end of 2014 .
Work on Design aspect of Tejas MK-II is complete and F414-GE-INS6 engine will power the Mk II version, Tejas MK-II is one meter longer then Tejas MK-I , and will have a stretched nose and larger section behind cockpit for incorporating avionics components. Aircraft will be able to carry 1000 kg more on the external stores more than current 4000 kg carried by Tejas MK-I.