SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.
Indian Air Force (IAF) just flew 14 Tejas aircraft formations from Sulur Air Force Station near Coimbatore in demonstration of the availability and serviceability of the fleet. idrw.org has been told that 10 IOC Standard along with 4 FOC Standard Tejas aircraft belonging to the 45 Squadron (Flying Daggers) and 18 Squadron (Flying Bullets) were part of the formation.
IAF thanked HAL and DRDO for the high availability rate of the fleet and for meeting the minimum criteria of maintaining a 75% fleet for flying at any point in time. IAF is looking at the forward deployment of the 45 Squadron (Flying Daggers) in the western sector from 2022 onwards and most of the base level repairs are handled by the IAF crew instead of the HAL crew now.
Tejas fleet continues to meet a 75% fleet availability rate which is rare and often comparable then to the newly inducted Dassault Rafale fighter fleet.
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