IAF Chief af­firms faith in Te­jas

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - Aviation & Defence Inindia -

Re­spond­ing to a ques­tion Air Chief Mar­shal Biren­der Singh Dhanoa, CAS In­dian Air Force said that the Te­jas LCA, which also took part in Ga­gan­Shakti 2018, is “the air­craft of the fu­ture” as com­pared with the Sino-Pak­istani JF-17 Thun­der. He al­luded to an ar­ti­cle in one of the avi­a­tion jour­nals (hinted as the Vayu) where the au­thor says JF-17 is not as tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced as Te­jas. So, he said, “JF-17 is the air­craft of to­day be­cause they have fielded more squadrons than us, and Te­jas is the air­craft of the fu­ture. It has much bet­ter sys­tems.” Although, how­ever, some of the Te­jas LCAs ini­tially re­ported snags dur­ing Ga­gan­Shakti 2018, these were quickly sorted out and con­tin­ued op­er­at­ing op­er­a­tions from their desert lo­ca­tions. The Air Chief later at­trib­uted this to the fact that the Te­jas had been re­lo­cated from their Ban­ga­lore base with tem­per­ate cli­matic con­di­tions to the hot and dusty en­vi­ron­ment.

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