CAS flew in Light Combat Aircraft (Tejas) at HAL Bangalore

The Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha flew the indigenously designed and produced Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Tejas at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Bangalore on May 17.

The Tejas has been designed by Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and produced by HAL at Bangalore. The aircraft is an advanced fly-by-wire fighter aircraft with state-of-the-art avionics. The aircraft structure comprises 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 Sight (HMDs). An ace fighter pilot himself, Air Chief Marshal Raha appreciated the flying qualities of the aircraft. He congratulated the entire team of Aeronautical Development Agency (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 Bangalore and the IAF intends to form the first squadron of the LCA on 1 July 2016. The IAF has also decided to place an order for an additional 80 Tejas in the advanced LCA MK1A configuration.



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