IAF Chief affirms faith in Tejas
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.