Te­jas fires Derby mis­sile in Jam­na­gar


Con­tin­u­ing with its suc­cess­ful stride of flight trails in 2016, In­dia’s light com­bat air­craft (LCA) Te­jas achieved a ma­jor mile­stone on Fe­bru­ary 5. One of the lim­ited se­ries pro­duc­tion (LSP) plat­forms fired a Be­yond Vis­ual Range air-to-air mis­sile (BVRAAM) mis­sile Derby for the first time.

Ac­cord­ing to sources as­so­ci­ated with the pro­ject, the LSP-7 from Te­jas flight­line fired the mis­sile in Jam­na­gar as part of its sched­uled weapon tri­als. Th­ese weapon tri­als are part of the fi­nal op­er­a­tional clear­ance (FOC) man­date.

Te­jas is also sched­uled to fire a close com­bat mis­sile (CCM) Python-5 mis­sile as part of the FOC trails. The LSP-7 along with LSP-4 were part of In­dian fly­ing as­sets at the just-con­cluded Bahrain In­ter­na­tional Air Show 2016.

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