A Turnaround For India’s First Indigenous Fighter

After almost 30 years of design and development, deliveries of India’s indigenous lightweight fighter, the Tejas, to the air force are finally underway. But achieving full operational capability, fielding a naval variant and developing a fully capable Mk. 2 version remain to be done.

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Final operational clearance for LCA in June 2015


The indigenously built Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas will be given the final operational clearance (FOC) in June 2015 for induction into the Indian Air Force (IAF), a senior defence scientist said Friday.

“FOC for LCA Tejas will be given in June next year for induction into the IAF fleet, which is behind schedule by six months,” Defence Research and Development Orgainsiation’s (DRDO) chief controller (Aero) K. Tamilmani told reporters here.

The Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (Cemilac) gave initial operational clearance (IOC) to the homegrown fighter in December 2013 for evaluation by IAF ace pilots on various parameters.

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Indian Tejas: 15 and counting

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It’s one of those aircraft we have to keep reminding ourselves of in the Airheadsfly.com editorial office: the Indian Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA). On Saturday 8 November, the 15th produced Tejas got airborne from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Airport in Bengaluru. It was however only the second two seat aircraft ever to do so…

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