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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Tejas Mk1A Flying Test Bed with enhancements that were supposed to take its first flight in June has been delayed further after missing its earlier March deadline. A source close to idrw.org has said that delays in the supply of important components from abroad have led to delays but the first of the two FTB aircraft will complete its first flight in the coming weeks.

HAL has planned to use Two Tejas Mk1 aircraft as Flying Test Bed for the Mk1A program that will see considerable upgrades to its components, systems, and its combat capabilities. HAL has completed the manufacturing of 32 single-seater Tejas Mk1 aircraft that were previously ordered by the Indian Air Force and the assembly line has now switched to manufacture 18 Twin seater Tejas Mk1 aircraft that were ordered by IAF.

HAL has committed to start delivery of Tejas Mk1A aircraft from March 2024 onwards till 2028 when the Production line shifts to the Tejas Mk2.

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