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.