Deputy Chief of Air Staff flies Te­jas

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

Te­jas light com­bat air­craft (trainer ver­sion) was flown in Ben­galuru by the Deputy Chief of Air Staff Air Mar­shal S.B.P. Sinha. Hav­ing had first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence and feel of the air­craft Deputy Chief of Air Staff ex­pressed that the air­craft han­dles well both on the ground and in the air. He was on a two-day visit to the Aero­nau­ti­cal De­vel­op­ment Agency (ADA) and the Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­ti­cal Limited (HAL) dur­ing which, he took a re­view of var­i­ous as­pects of Te­jas pro­gramme.

The first flight by a se­nior of­fi­cer of the rank of Air Mar­shal from Air HQ was a joy­ous oc­ca­sion for all the stake­hold­ers of the pro­gramme such as ADA, HAL, Na­tional Aero­space Lab­o­ra­to­ries (NAL), Aero­nau­ti­cal De­vel­op­ment Es­tab­lish­ment (ADE), Cen­tre for Mil­i­tary Air­wor­thi­ness and Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion (CEMILAC), DGAQA and the IAF whose fo­cused and syn­er­gised ef­forts con­trib­uted to the suc­cess of the project in large mea­sures.

Ex­press­ing his hap­pi­ness, P.S. Subra­manyam, Pro­gramme Di­rec­tor (Com­bat Air­craft) and Di­rec­tor ADA, said, “This flight of Te­jas by a se­nior IAF com­man­der in­di­cates a high de­gree of con­fi­dence in the in­dige­nous light com­bat air­craft.”

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