Air Mar­shal Bhadau­ria flies Te­jas, pushes for early op­er­a­tional­i­sa­tion

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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.

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