LCA Te­jas com­pletes bomb­ing tri­als


The LCA Te­jas has made an­other big step to­wards op­er­a­tional clear­ance, com­plet­ing a two-day rou­tine of weapons tri­als at the desert field fir­ing range in Pokhran, Ra­jasthan. The tri­als in­volved three Te­jas plat­forms (LSPs 2, 3 and 5) de­ploy­ing a se­ries of weapons, in­clud­ing laser-guided 1,000-lbs bombs and un­guided bombs. The tests were a con­tin­u­a­tion of weapons de­ploy­ment tri­als that took place at Pokhran in Septem­ber last year.

The air­craft has so far proven weapons de­liv­ery us­ing its sec­ondary sen­sor, a laser des­ig­na­tor pod, but not from its pri­mary mul­ti­mode radar. The Te­jas is sched­uled to un­dergo sea tri­als shortly, at which point cer­tain mis­sile tests could be expected. While the Te­jas has al­ready con­ducted a few tests of the R-73 close com­bat mis­sile, it is yet to prove it­self with any be­yond visual range weapons, specif­i­cally the Rafael Derby and the Vym­pel R-77.

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