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The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) – Tejas SP-1 (LA-5016 ) completed its maiden flight after taking off from HAL Airport in Bangalore on 12-March-2019 piloted by Gp Capt K K Venugopal (Retd). SP-16 flew for 31 mins and landed back safely.

The LCA Tejas SP-16 is Sixteen Series Production aircraft. Last aircraft SP-13 had completed its first flight on 30-January-2019. Next in line is SP-15 which has been assembled at the second assembly line and will complete its first flight by end of this month. SP-16 is the first aircraft to carry Wings supplied by L&T a Private defense company.

HAL promised that by next March 2020, 16 more FOC LCA-Tejas Mk1 will be delivered to Indian Air Force and by March 2021 more 8 FOC Twin Seater Trainer variant of LCA-Tejas Mk1 to be handed over the airforce thus marking the completion of orders for 40 LCA-Tejas Mk1.

First LCA-Tejas squadron will have its full strength by end of this year and first FOC certified LCA-Tejas Mk1 will make it to the air by October this year.


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