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Tejas’s Navy version successfully completes flight tests 17 May, 2016

India's Aeronautical Development Agency has made key progress in the development of the locally designed Light Combat Aircraft TEJAS Navy version. The two prototypes successfully undertook 33 sorties from the Indian Navy's  shore-based testing facility SBTF) at INS Hansa in the southwestern state of Goa. Two prototypes (NP1 & 2) had validated 'ski-jump' trials from the SBTF, which replicates an aircraft carrier deck. Agency authorities stated both prototypes - designed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) with stronger landing gear than the standard LCA to absorb the additional forces - took flight after rolling 200 m at the facility. The Indian Navy will operate the fighter from its aircraft carrier. In December 2014, the Naval Tejas had taken off from the SBTF ski-jump after rolling 300 metres. Now, the fighter has proven it can take off from just 200 metres, even carrying two R-73 close combat missiles. 

 

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