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Prominent defense journalist Anantha Krishnan M has confirmed that India’s indigenously developed Tejas Mk1A fighter jet achieved a significant milestone on Friday, March 22nd, 2024, with the successful completion of its Low-Speed Taxi Trials (LSTT).

This achievement marks a major step forward for the Tejas Mk1A program, paving the way for its much-anticipated maiden flight. According to sources, HAL Chairman is reviewing all system clearances meticulously. With HAL and ADA teams working tirelessly, the first flight is now expected to take place within the coming week, potentially before March 31st.

The successful LSTT is followed by the anticipated High-Speed Taxi Trials (HSTT) which could occur as early as tomorrow. This is a crucial step before the Tejas Mk1A takes to the skies for the first time.

The Tejas Mk1A represents a significant upgrade over the existing Mk1 variant, boasting advanced features like an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar and an improved electronic warfare suite. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has placed an initial order for 83 Tejas Mk1A fighters, with the potential for further orders in the future.