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The indigenously developed Tejas Mk1A fighter aircraft, designated LA5033, successfully completed a series of low-speed taxi trials (LSTT) followed by high-speed taxi trials (HSTT) yesterday, on March 27th, 2024. These trials are a crucial step towards the aircraft’s maiden flight, which is now expected to take place today, subject to successful completion of final checks.

Certifying agencies have expressed confidence in LA5033’s readiness for its first flight. Yesterday’s taxi trials were piloted by veteran test pilot Gp Capt K K Venugopal (Retd), who is part of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Civil Test Pilot (FW) group.

This successful completion of taxi trials marks a significant milestone in the development of the Tejas Mk1A, a more advanced variant of the Tejas light combat aircraft. The first flight will be a major achievement for India’s indigenous fighter jet program.

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