LCA Te­jas in win­ter tri­als

SP's MAI - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

The LCA Te­jas has had an ex­cel­lent year 2014 so far, most re­cently with three plat­forms com­plet­ing a rig­or­ous round of weapons tri­als in Jam­na­gar. Equally cru­cial are on­go­ing weather tri­als and per­for­mance tri­als at hot and high air­fields. Newly avail­able pho­to­graphs of the LCA Te­jas Mk.1 gun­ning its en­gines to notch up test points from the world’s high­est op­er­a­tional air­field at Leh shows a limited se­ries pro­duc­tion (LSP) air­frame buzzing the Hi­malayas of lower Ladakh in a se­ries of ma­noeu­vres cru­cial to fi­nal op­er­a­tional clear­ance. Per­for­mance in rar­efied high al­ti­tude air­fields is a crit­i­cal re­quire­ment stip­u­lated by the IAF as it in­tends to de­ploy or de­tach air­craft at a se­ries of for­ward bases from time to time for op­er­a­tions and force pro­jec­tion. The Te­jas, which un­der­went cru­cial win­ter tri­als in Fe­bru­ary last year as well, will con­tinue to stretch its legs over the for­bid­ding north in an ef­fort to achieve full weather com­pli­ance. Sources on Team Te­jas con­firm that the lit­tle jet per­formed ad­mirably, and were con­fi­dent of strap­ping on additional loads to the air­craft’s py­lons to push it even fur­ther.

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