The Commanding Officer of the India Air Force squadron ‘Flying Daggers 45’, Madhav Rangachari on Wednesday said that the Tejas was the best aircraft that he had flown.
“Easily the best aircraft I’ve flown,” he said.
“It is comparable and on par with any fourth generation fighter aircraft you have in world today,” he added.
- Five stories you must read about Tejas fighter, the new pride of India
- Three decades on, IAF inducts indigenous aircraft Tejas; Parrikar hints at export
- Tejas induction: PM Modi says matter of ‘unparalleled pride’
- LIVE: ‘Made in India’ LCA Tejas aircraft take first flight after being inducted into IAF
- 10 facts you probably didn’t know about the newly-inducted Tejas LCA
- IAF to induct first squadron of homegrown Tejas today
The dream of the Indian Air Force to have a squadron of the indigenous Tejas Light Combat Aircraft was realised on Friday after years of delay when two Tejas LCA were inducted into the IAF at a ceremony in Bengaluru on Friday.
The aircraft is the lightest multi-role supersonic aircraft of its class, equipped to handle surface-to-air and air-to-air missiles and anti-ship missiles.
The IAF has said that the aircraft will feature quite prominently in the force’s combat plan in 2017 and it might be deployed in forward bases as well. There are also plans to acquire over 80 aircraft with better specifications, known as Tejas 1A in the future.
(With inputs from ANI and PTI)