India’s very own light combat aircraft Tejas has clocked well over 3,050 flight hours in test flights and will soon be replacing the now virtually obsolete MiG-21 aircraft this July.
After missing several deadlines, HAL finally has something to cheer about.
He praised the quality of the fighter.
“It’s my first sortie in Tejas,it’s a good aircraft for induction into IAF operations,” says Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha after flying Tejas — ANI (@ANI_news) 17 May 2016
“It’s my first sortie in Tejas,it’s a good aircraft for induction into IAF operations,” says Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha after flying Tejas
— ANI (@ANI_news) 17 May 2016
Talking about Tejas finally being inducted into IAF, HAL chief T Suvarna Raju said, “The twin-seat Tejas trainer will undergo a full-profile sortie. It will convey IAF’s confidence in the indigenous fighter.”
IAF chief Arup Raha after his sortie in a Tejas fighter aircraft. Twitter
The squad will operate from a dedicated HAL hanger that will have designers and manufacturers at close hand so as to to resolve any problems.
This will be a huge news for IAF as at present it is down to just 33 fighter squadrons composed of 16-18 jets each, out of which 11 squadrons are of the obsolete MiG-21 and MiG-27 fighter jets, both of which have poor serviceability.
IAF MiG 27 fighter jet. Wikipedia
IAF is also in need of another 45 squadrons, so as to counter a two-front collusive threat from Pakistan and China.