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A snapshot of the second Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas Trainer, bearing the designation LT 5202 and manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), has emerged online, showcasing the aircraft in a production-ready state ahead of its anticipated first flight, likely scheduled for later this month.
The LT 5202 trainer follows in the footsteps of the LT 5201, the first-ever series production standard LCA Trainer, which successfully completed its maiden flight on April 5th, 2023, after taking off from HAL airport. The aircraft’s flight, lasting approximately 35 minutes, marked a significant milestone in India’s indigenous aviation capabilities.
Designed and developed as part of the Tejas Mk-1A program, the LCA Trainer is poised to play a crucial role in training pilots who have completed advanced training. As the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) Trainer variant of the Tejas aircraft, it is tailored to provide pilots with hands-on experience and skill development in flying the LCA Tejas platform.
With plans to produce a total of 18 LCA Tejas FOC Trainers, the LCA Tejas program reinforces India’s status as a rising aerospace powerhouse on the global stage.
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