Tejas SP-3 Maiden Flight Successful
BANGALORE. The third series production ( SP- 3) variant of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas had its first flight in Bangalore September 28. The flight was piloted by Air Commodore K A Muthanna (Retd), a veteran who has been associated with the project for a while now. According to Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) sources, the first flight lasted for 15 minutes.
HAL is racing against time to see whether it can push SP- 3 for the 84th Air Force Day Parade at Hindon Air Force Station on October 8. It is now certain that SP-1 and SP-2 will be flying at AFS Hindon. HAL is hoping against hope to prepare SP-3 for couple of additional flights in the next two to three days.
The first flight of SP-1 was on September 1, 2014 while the SP-2 had its maiden sortie on March 23, 2016. HAL says each aircraft in the SP block will be as per their new rate of production mandate.