Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari on his two visits to the HAL facility in Bangalore was not only briefed about the progress made on Tejas Mk1A, LCH, and HTT-40 aircraft program but idrw has been told from reliable industrial sources that the Chief was also shown first Tejas Mk2 that is under assembly in a separate facility and was also briefed about the progress made on the program.

Chief last month confirmed that IAF has committed to procure six squadrons of Tejas Mk2 when it is ready for induction and in his meetings with the HAL officials he asked the program to be fast-tracked and also offered his full support to complete its developmental trials, which already has a new IAF team that has been deputed to coordinate with the HAL.

Tejas Mk2 aircraft was planned for initial rollout this month to coincide with the celebration of the “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” but some delays have pushed the date by a few weeks, idrw has been told that the program gained speed in the last few weeks and special efforts have been made to recover lost time and rollout might happen before December deadline that was set earlier, in our previous report on Tejas MkII we were told possibility of a preponed ceremonial rollout.

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