Posted on September 20, 2019, 12:47 PM IST
Defence Minister sorties Indian made Tejas aircraft in the skies
Thursday turned out be an historic day for Defence Minister Rajnath Singh as he became the first ever defence minister to fly a Light Combat Aircraft – Tejas. He was accompanied by Air Vice Marshal N Tiwari, who is also the Project Director, National Flight Test Centre, ADA (Aeronautical Development Agency) in Bengaluru.
The twin seater indegeniously made aircraft Tejas took off from the HAL Airport in Bengaluru. The minister looked dapper as he donned a G-suit and waved at the paparazzi. He described his flight as thrilling and exhilarating, he also mentioned that by this move he wanted to boost the morale of flying officers who have relentlessly flown these combat aircrafts.
Tejas has already completed a major milestone with the Indian Navy by performing the ability to ‘arrested landing’ on board a Naval aircraft carrier.
IAF PILOTS Briefed the DEFENCE MINISTER about the Fighter plane
Tejas combat aircraft is the proud design and production of Bengaluru-based Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), which is a state-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and built by the aerospace behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL). The single-engine, delta wing, multi-role fighter was earlier tested by a senior IAF pilot.
Before taking off for a 30-minute sortie, the pilots of the 45 Squadron Flying Daggers familiarized the defence minister with the air prowess of the home-grown fighter, its avionics, controls and radar systems in the glass cockpit and the ability to carry combat weapons.
ABOUT LCA TEJAS
After the final operational clearance (FoC), the IAF has inducted 16 weaponised LCAs into its warfare fleet since June 2018. The IAF will originally have two squadrons of Tejas with 18 fighters each, it devices to expand the squadrons with an additional 83 of them as Mark-1 version.
At the outset, the IAF had placed an order with the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for 40 Tejas aircraft. However, the IAF issued the request for proposal (RFP) to HAL for the production of another batch of 83 Tejas at a cost of over Rs 50,000 crore.