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Rajnath Singh – first defence minister to fly in Tejas fighter jet

"The minister will be briefed by IAF officers before taking a sortie on Thursday,” a Defence Ministry official had said.

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday became the first defence minister of the country to fly in the indigenously-built light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas from the HAL airport in Bengaluru. After his 30-minute sortie, the Union Minister said he enjoyed the “smooth and comfortable ride”. (Source: Twitter/Rajnath Singh)

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A Defence Ministry official had on Wednesday said the minister is “taking a sortie” in order to boost the morale of officers who have been involved in the development of “indigenously-made Tejas”. (Source: Twitter/Rajnath Singh)

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“It was very smooth and comfortable. I was enjoying. I want to congratulate HAL, DRDO and several concerned agencies. We have reached a level where we can export fighter planes across the world,” news agency ANI quoted Singh as saying after his 30-minute sortie. (Source: Twitter/Rajnath Singh)

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The IAF has already inducted a batch of Tejas aircraft. The naval version of the LCA is in the development stage. Last Friday, the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) succeeded in the first “arrested landing” test in the country. (Source: Twitter/Rajnath Singh)

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Initially, the IAF had placed an order with the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for 40 Tejas aircraft. Last year, the IAF issued the request for proposal (RFP) to HAL for the procurement of another batch of 83 Tejas at a cost of over Rs 50,000 crore. (Source: Twitter/Rajnath Singh)

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The Defence Acquisition Council, headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, has accorded approval for procurement of weapons and military platforms amounting to around Rs 2,000 crore. The Council gave the nod for indigenous development and production of main gun 125-mm Armour Piercing Fin Stabilised Discarding-Sabot ammunition for T-72/T-90 tanks. (Source: ANI)

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The Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) on Friday succeeded in the first “arrested landing” test in the country. The test, held for the Navy’s planes at a shore-based site, is a significant milestone ahead of landing such planes on an aircraft carrier. (Source: ANI)

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The former defence minister took to Twitter and said that his sortie was a 'memorable experience'. "The ‘G-Suite’ & ‘Tejas’: It was a memorable experience. Thank you @IAF_MCC @HALHQBLR & @DRDO_India for this proud moment. Special thanks to AVM, N.Tiwari, who is also the Project Director, National Flight Test Centre, ADA (Aeronautical Development Agency) for the sortie," he tweeted. (Source: Twitter/Rajnath Singh)