HAL Tejas, also known as the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) project, has been inducted into the Indian Air Force.
Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, who on May 17 took his maiden flight in Tejas, had termed the aircraft as “good” for induction.
It nearly took over 33 years for Indian Air Force to have an indigenous fighter, but the wait is worth it. According to HAL, the air force has kept changing its requirements, and the sanctions imposed by the US after the Pokhran nuclear test in 1998, made crucial technology out of reach.
Tejas’s flight control system and the ease with which it manoeuvres, has won many accolades.
The upgraded version of Tejas, with Active Electrically Scanned Array Radar, Unified Electronic Warfare Suite, mid-air refuelling capacity and advanced beyond the vision range missiles, will cost between Rs 275 crore and Rs 300 crore.