Air Marshal Bhadauria flies Tejas, pushes for early operationalisation
INDIAN Air Force IAF Southern Command head Air Marshal R K S Bhadauria on Tuesday flew the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas and pushed for its early operationalisation.
Air Marshal Bhadauria who had been associated with the LCA programme for nearly 15 years flew the aircraft on a solo mode for nearly 30 minutes with No. 45 Squadron, Flying daggers, the first LCA squardon formed last year, playing host. His flight is expected to give a fresh impetus to the operationalisation of the aircraft.
The Air Marshal went through the rigours of the ground training, simulator flying and familiarisation sortie in the trainer version before going solo in the fighter aircraft.
According to an official release, ever he took the reins of the southern command the Air Marshal has been pushing the Aeronautical Development Agency and the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for early operationalisation of the fleet.
The first squadron was expected to move to its permanent location at Sulur, near Coimbatore next year.