Indian ‘Tejas' to get operationa 19 May, 2016

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is going to replace its ageing fleet of MiG-21 and MiG-23 fighter aircraft with indigenous Tejas — a Light Combat Aircraft designed and developed by the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

Production of the Tejas aircraft has already commenced at HAL Bengaluru and the first squadron of the trainer LCA is expected to be formed by July 2016.

The Tejas LCA is a supersonic, single-engine multirole light fighter aircraft, which has been under development for the past three decades. The Tejas is still not combat-ready. Its final phase of weapon trials, including firing of BVR (beyond visual range) missiles, is currently under way. Moreover, the fighter is to get an AESA (active electronically scanned array) radar and advanced electronic warfare (EW) suite. IAF will get the first 20 combat-ready Tejas by 2018.

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