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IAF inducts first squadron of Light Combat Aircraft Tejas

 
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2016 3:05 pm    Post subject: IAF inducts first squadron of Light Combat Aircraft Tejas Reply with quote

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IAF inducts first squadron of Light Combat Aircraft Tejas in Bengaluru

Jul 01, 2016

The Indian Air Force on Friday launched the first squadron of 'Made-in-India' Tejas fighter jets, christened "Flying Daggers".

The LCA squadron induction ceremony was held at the Aircraft System Testing Establishment in Bengaluru in the presence of Air Marshal Jasbir Walia, Air Officer Commanding-in Chief, Southern Air Command.

A 'Sarva Dharma Pooja' (inter-faith prayer) was conducted before the induction. Such worships are customary at inductions and before staff training sessions, according to ANI reports.

Two fighter jets and one trainer variant of 'Tejas' was commissioned by deputy chief of air staff, Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria, almost a month-and-a-half after Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, flew the combat aircraft and remarked that it was a "good aircraft for induction into the IAF."

Group Captain Madhav Rangachari, who flew the fighter along with the IAF chief, will be the first Commanding Officer (CO) of the squadron which would be positioned in Bengaluru initially and moved to Sulur in Tamil Nadu after a couple of years, sources in the ministry of defence told Deccan Chronicle.

Sources said every squadron of 'Tejas' would consist of 20 jets, including four in reserve. While the first 20 aircraft would be inducted with requirements which match ones set for "Initial Operational Clearance" or IOC, another 20 would join the IAF fleet with advanced systems and Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2016 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

..needs to be seen how fast HAL can produce them. Don't think private players are proficient enough to share the burden. It certainly takes pressure off IAF due to depleting fleet.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2016 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How does the LCA compare in todays technology with the competiton.
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