Te­jas trainer PV6 com­pletes first flight


The light com­bat air­craft (LCA) Te­jas project wit­nessed yet another mile­stone with the first flight of its trainer PV6. The two-seater air­craft pi­loted by Gp Capt Vi­vart Singh along with Gp Capt Anoop Kabad­wal took to the skies re­cently. Dur­ing the 36-minute flight, all sys­tems func­tioned as ex­pected, ac­cord­ing to a prees re­lease from the De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO) of­fice in here.

The aim of the flight was to check the twin cock­pit func­tion­al­ity which is sim­i­lar to se­ries pro­duc­tion two-seater air­craft. PV6 has the ca­pa­bil­ity to de­liver air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons as re­quired by the In­dian Air Force for the fi­nal op­er­a­tional clear­ance. The PV6 has ab­sorbed all the ma­jor de­sign mod­i­fi­ca­tions un­der- taken dur­ing the last 2,500-plus flights in the pro­gramme. This is the fi­nal pro­to­type lead­ing to se­ries pro­duc­tion trainer, the re­lease stated.

Sci­en­tific ad­viser to the De­fence Min­is­ter, Dr Av­inash Chan­der, con­grat­u­lated the Te­jas team. “Hav­ing achieved suc­cess in in­dige­nous de­sign and de­vel­op­ment of Te­jas in both its com­bat and trainer ver­sions, its pro­duc­tion and in­duc­tion will add new strength to the ‘Make in In­dia’ cam­paign,” he said.

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