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CREDIT Nitin A. Gokhale @nitingokhale

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) celebrated a momentous occasion yesterday in Bengaluru with the successful maiden flight of the LCA Tejas Mk1A fighter jet. Following the impressive test flight, HAL Chairman, Ananthakrishnan, addressed the media, highlighting the significance of this achievement.

“This is a big step today,” Ananthakrishnan declared, emphasizing the crucial role the Mk1A’s first flight plays in advancing towards the delivery of these aircraft to the Indian Air Force (IAF). He elaborated on HAL’s commitment to fulfilling IAF requirements, stating, “We are also looking to deliver one more LCA trainer aircraft to the IAF before March 31.” This commitment builds upon the foundation laid by the previous delivery of four trainer-version aircraft to the IAF.

The Tejas Mk1A represents a significant upgrade to the existing LCA platform. This advanced variant boasts over 40 improvements, including a next-generation AESA radar, enhanced electronic warfare capabilities, and an air refueling system, all contributing to the aircraft’s superior combat effectiveness. The successful first flight marks a critical milestone in the program, paving the way for further testing and eventual induction into the IAF fleet.

Recently HAL facility was seen with 5 LCA-Tejas Trainer Aircraft being ready with sixth one seen in above image. HAL is tasked to manufacture 18 LCA-Tejas Trainer Aircraft.

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