Updated: July 1, 2016 6:12:54 pm
Fifteen years after it made its first flight, the home-grown Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) was inducted into a squadron of the Indian Air Force at a ceremony in Bengaluru. The move comes amid several complaints of delay in the procedure. Nevertheless, the induction is a huge step for the IAF which has been looking to replace its ageing Mig-21 fleet.
Tejas LCA 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 may be used in forward areas from 2017.
Here’s a must-watch video clip that shows the aircraft gliding through the skies, highlighting its lightness and agility among supersonic aircraft of its class.
And just as a bonus, here is another clip from the Air Force
The aircraft made its first appearance at a foreign air show when it took part in the Bahrain International Air Show 2016 and impressed enthusiasts. It has also taken part in Aero India 2015 and the Iron Fist Exercise in 2013.
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