India to send indigenous Tejas to Bahrain air show

Defence ministry sources said the decision to send two Tejas aircraft to BIAS was “taken at the political level”.

Written by Sushant Singh | New Delhi | Updated: January 22, 2016 2:45 pm
India, Indian aircraft Tejas, Tejas, Bahrain, Tejas Bahrain, India bahrian, Bahrain air show, Tejas Bahrain air show, DRDO, india latest news The decision to field Tejas is being seen as a bold move as its performance would be analysed by aerospace professionals from across the world.

In a first, the government has decided to field indigenously developed combat aircraft Tejas for the fourth edition of Bahrain International Air Show (BIAS). To be held from January 21-23, BIAS will also see participation of Pakistan’s JF-17 fighter produced with Chinese help. India will also send IAF Sarang helicopter display team that flies indigenous Dhruv helicopters and DRDO’s airborne early warning and control platform.

Defence ministry sources said the decision to send two Tejas aircraft to BIAS was “taken at the political level”. “We were told to work on sending the Tejas,” an official said. The team is to leave Bangalore on January 5 and halt at Jamnagar, followed by a stopover at Muscat for refuelling before arriving at Bahrain’s Sakhir Airbase.

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The decision to field Tejas is being seen as a bold move as its performance would be analysed by aerospace professionals from across the world. Pakistan’s move to send JF-17 is likely to lead to a comparison between the two.

“We don’t want a scenario where Tejas is pitched against the JF-17. They are two different aircraft at different stages of development and cannot be compared,” a Tejas test pilot said.

JF-17 Thunder was co-produced by Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, Kamra and China’s Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation. It has been flown by Pakistan Air Force since 2010. Tejas has not been inducted into IAF so far. It has been developed by Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) with HAL and DRDO.

After receiving Initial Operational Clearance in December 2013, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar handed over the aircraft to IAF last year. ADA is hoping for a Final Operational Clearance (FOC) this year, which will lead to Tejas being operationalised in IAF.

ADA sources said LSP-3 and LSP-4 of Tejas have been prepared for BIAS, one for flying duties and the other for static display. But test pilots flying Tejas are apprehensive. “We have problems with the undercarriage. A short-term solution has been found for this trip but it’s not a permanent answer,” a test pilot said.

ADA officials are worried about further delay in Tejas programme due to the decision to participate in BIAS. They fear it will delay plans to get FOC by mid-2016. “2015 was a bad year for us. Flight schedule wasn’t followed in May, June, July and August due to technical issues. In November, we had bad weather and since then we have been focused on the Bahrain trip,” an official said.

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First Published on: January 2, 2016 3:15 am
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    Sleepy
    Jan 2, 2016 at 3:11 am
    Ha.....ha.....ha....hazzzzzz.....
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      Imtiyaz
      Jan 27, 2016 at 1:48 am
      Policy paralysis
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        John marks
        Jan 3, 2016 at 6:00 am
        Don't worry what others do just make sure there are enough flushing toilets in India bcozz India need flushing toilets more than jets.
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          M
          Jan 26, 2016 at 5:39 am
          The JF 17 Block 2 is the most advance 4 generation fighter, every thing is not revealed in the papers, its carry lethal weapons and very good BVR and can distroy aircraft carriers with its misseles. More JF17 Block 3 will be the game changer in the world and will be better then F22. At present about 60 percent parts are made in stan, so engine and rest of them parts will be made in stan soon. The western media and Indian media are so bias they trying to degrade the JF 17 aircraft. Sir Lanka is buying the aircraft no deal is canceled and other countries like Nigeria and about 10 more countries are interested to buy, PAC cant cope with the demand of the plane in the country and outside the country. Sir Lanka is buying the aircraft no deal is canceled and other countries like Nigeria and about 10 more countries are interested to buy, PAC cant cope with the demand of the plane in the country and outside the country.
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            kamalakanta
            Jan 2, 2016 at 8:23 am
            No body has to show the strength, world intelligent agencies keep tracks of all strategic developments of all nations ( ) Of-course in present day in our country showmanship is the only development beside taking credit of earlier programs by renaming them ( )
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              Kaliyug
              Jan 2, 2016 at 5:32 pm
              If the airforce is not going to support the Tejas in its fleet, then it would be wise to make it a civilian aircraft with all the luxuries. There has been a lot of money poured into the research and it would be a national waste for it to die because of vested interests in the Government and Airforce.
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                abhi
                Jan 5, 2016 at 6:03 pm
                and India need people like John marks to clean them :P
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                  Catalyst
                  Jan 2, 2016 at 3:26 pm
                  And India is pitching this aircraft to stop Sri Lanka from buying JF-17 Thunder? For crying out loud, the JF-17 has been in PAF service for close to a decade now, 4th squadron of Block 2 aircraft recently joined, 66 aircrafts made in stan (not China), 16 aircrafts built at PAC in 2015 alone with target set for 21 next year...Rivalry apart but Tejas simply doesn't have enough credential to stand against such a rival. The Tejas can have the capabilities, no doubt about that, but at what cost? That is the big question. Even though I am a rival, my advice to IAF would be to induct Tejas as an Lead In Fighter Trainer (LIFT) and at the same time do evaluations of the short comings. That will at least make some use of the millions upon millions spent on this aircraft.
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                    Deep
                    Jan 2, 2016 at 4:11 am
                    Good. Perform or perish.
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                      prince
                      Jan 19, 2016 at 11:23 am
                      if jf17 is so powerful than why stan is begging for f16......
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                        Rajesh Rao
                        Jan 2, 2016 at 3:54 am
                        Embarred but have to admit, for the first time in our history we are doing something because s did it. I hope this will be the last one. My dear lazy DRDO/ADA folks, if you can not deliver quit and join some it company. Let sincere brothers and sisters of ours do the Job.
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                          Rishabh Maheshwari
                          Jan 2, 2016 at 6:10 am
                          Development saga of HAL Tejas is a never ending embarment. More than 30 years of development and thousands of crores of rupees of funding but still a sub par product that is also not fully operational.
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                            Sangu
                            Jan 2, 2016 at 3:21 am
                            Brarainis to be careful!
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                              anon
                              Jan 2, 2016 at 6:41 am
                              Feku modi will make india a laughing stock. ..
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