Indigenous LCA Tejas makes successful flight

The maiden test flight of the most advanced of the nine `Tejas` aircraft was today successfully carried out, bringing the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) programme "very close" to the Initial Operations Clearance.

Last Updated: Apr 23, 2010, 23:51 PM IST

Bangalore: The maiden test flight of the
most advanced of the nine `Tejas` aircraft was today
successfully carried out, bringing the indigenous Light Combat
Aircraft (LCA) programme "very close" to the Initial
Operations Clearance.

It is the ninth test vehicle to join the flight line to
undertake development flight trials of the LCA Tejas towards
operational clearance for induction in the IAF by the end of
the year, Defence Research Development Organisation said.
"Successful, copy book maiden test flight of Limited
Series Production-3 (LSP-3) is significant on many counts," it
said in a statement.

"With this successful flight, the LCA (Tejas) programme
is very close to the Initial Operations Clearance, which is to
be completed by December 2010. The remaining effort is mostly
the flight testing and demonstration of sensors and weapon
performance," it said.

"Successful, copy book maiden test flight of Limited
Series Production-3 (LSP-3) is significant on many counts," it
said in a statement.

"With this successful flight, the LCA (Tejas) programme
is very close to the Initial Operations Clearance, which is to
be completed by December 2010. The remaining effort is mostly
the flight testing and demonstration of sensors and weapon
performance," it said.