Tejas, The light combat aircraft HAL (LCA) has made its long due entry into Indian Air Force (IAF) after wait of over three decades. Two of the light combat aircraft ( LCA ) Tejas fighter jets has been inducted for now. With 45 Squadron commencing operations, soon the Tejas would be employed to defend the Indian skies.
India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) together with its variants, is the smallest and lightest Multi-Role Supersonic Fighter Aircraft of its class. This single engine, Compound-Delta-Wing, Tailless Aircraft is designed and developed by ADA with HAL as the principal partner along with DRDO, CSIR, BEL, DGAQA, IAF & IN to meet diverse needs of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Navy (IN). Here are some top facts that you ought to know about Teajs.
84th Air Force Day: LCA Tejas to be part of the Official Ceremony
6th October 2016
The LCA Tejas for the first time will demonstrate over the Hindon Airbase just outside New Delhi as part of the 84th Air Force Day. The Tejas will be part of the official ceremony on 8th October 2016.
1st July 2016
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited handed over the first two Tejas aircrafts to Indian Air Force which will make up the ‘Flying Daggers’ 45, the name of the first squadron of the LCA.
Top Facts about Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) “Tejas”
1. “Flying Daggers” Squadron for Tejas
The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) “Tejas” inducted into No. 45 Squadron of Indian Air Force (IAF) on 01 Jul 2016. No. 45 Squadron, also called the “Flying Daggers”, was last equipped with MiG 21 Bis Aircraft and operated from Nalia.
It’s motto is “Ajeet Nabha”. The Squadron will operate from Bangalore for nearly two years before it moves to its designated location at Sulur near Coimbatore. It is the first fighter Squadron to be a part of the Southern Air Command of IAF headquartered at Thiruvananthapuram.
Group Captain Madhav Rangachari, an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, is the Commanding Officer of Flying Daggers. He flew the inaugural flight of LCA in 45 Squadron today. Apart from operational experience on Mirage-2000 and MiG 21, he also has considerable experience on flight testing of LCA prototypes.
2.Tejas is the first advance Fly-by-wire (FBW) fighter aircraft
Tejas is the first advance Fly-by-wire (FBW) fighter aircraft designed, developed and manufactured in India. Conceived as a MiG-21 replacement, the aircraft has been designed and developed by Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and produced by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). It is to the credit of its designers, manufacturer, technicians and test crew, that LCA has flown more than 3000 sorties / 2000 Hrs till date without any accident.
3.Tejas is a 4th Plus generation aircraft
Tejas is a 4th Plus generation aircraft with a glass cockpit and is equipped with state of the art Satellite aided Inertial Navigation System. It has a digital computer based attack system and an autopilot. It can fire Air to Air Missiles, Bombs as well as Precision Guided Munitions.
4. Tejas aircrafts are armed with Close Combat Air to Air Missiles, Helmet Mounted Display and Precision Guided Weapons like Laser Guided Bombs.
The induction of the aircraft is being planned in a phased manner. The IOC aircraft are armed with Close Combat Air to Air Missiles, Helmet Mounted Display and Precision Guided Weapons like Laser Guided Bombs. These aircraft are also capable of dropping unguided bombs with much higher accuracy due to highly advanced indigenous mission computer. The FOC aircraft would incorporate Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missiles, improved and better stand-off weapons and air to air refueling capability. IAF is also pitching for additional LCA Mk 1A which would incorporate new generation Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar with simultaneous air to air and air to ground capability, an integrated advanced Electronic Warfare Suite, advanced versions of air to air and air to ground weapons and maintainability improvements.
5.India’s First home-grown Light Combat Aircraft
#IAF inducts 1st squadron of home-grown Light Combat Aircraft #Tejas in Bengaluru pic.twitter.com/it3mmSUlGw
— Doordarshan News (@DDNewsLive) July 1, 2016
6. The Name Tejas is given by Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee
7. Big Big Boost to PM Modi’s Made in India Compaign
Tejas will be known as first successful product that truly resembles PM Modi’s Made in India Call.
Proud & Historic moments for the country. Induction of #TEJAS into the #IAF. #TransformingIndia#MakeInIndiapic.twitter.com/kBpoDB9ilm
— Vinod Chavda MP (@vinodchavda31) July 1, 2016