Te­jas SP-3 Maiden Flight Suc­cess­ful

India Strategic - - INDUSTRY -

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.

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