IAF Chief Flies in LCA Te­jas


The Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Mar­shal Arup Raha flew the in­dige­nously de­signed and pro­duced light com­bat air­craft (LCA) Te­jas at the Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Lim­ited (HAL) in Ben­galuru on May 17, 2016.

The Te­jas has been de­signed by the Aero­nau­ti­cal De­vel­op­ment Agency (ADA) and pro­duced by HAL at Ben­galuru. The air­craft is an ad­vanced fly-by-wire fighter air­craft with state-of-the-art avion­ics. The air­craft struc­ture com­prises of a large amount (more than 50 per cent) of com­pos­ites and fea­tures a quadru­plex dig­i­tal fly-by-wire con­trol sys­tem.

The Air Chief Mar­shal car­ried out ma­noeu­vres in the en­tire fly­ing en­ve­lope of the air­craft. He car­ried out sim­u­lated air-to-air and air-to-ground at­tacks. He also as­sessed the ad­vanced modes of the radar and hel­met mounted dis­play (HMD) sight. An ace fighter pi­lot him­self, Air Chief Mar­shal Raha ap­pre­ci­ated the fly­ing qual­i­ties of the air­craft. He con­grat­u­lated the en­tire team of ADA and HAL for their hard work in get­ting the LCA pro­gramme to this stage.

The se­ries pro­duc­tion of the Te­jas air­craft has al­ready com­menced at HAL Ben­galuru and the In­dian Air Force in­tends to form the first squadron of the LCA on July 1, 2016. The IAF has also de­cided to place an or­der for an ad­di­tional 80 Te­jas in the ad­vanced LCA MK1A con­fig­u­ra­tion.

Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Mar­shal Arup Raha get­ting down from light com­bat air­craft Te­jas af­ter a sor­tie at HAL Ben­galuru on May 17, 2016

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