Tejas` debut flight in operational configuration

India`s light combat aircraft Tejas, in its march towards operational status, achieved an important milestone today when it made its first flight.

Bangalore: India`s light combat aircraft
Tejas, in its march towards operational status, achieved an
important milestone today when it made its first flight.

The fifth Limited Series Production (LSP5) aircraft,
the first LCA in the operational configuration for the Indian
Air Force, was piloted by test pilot Lt Cdr Ankur Jain from
the Indian Navy.

The aircraft took off at 1054 hours and achieved a
maximum speed of 0.8 Mach, 4G turns and an altitude of 11 km
during the 40-minute flight.

The flight was uneventful and all systems functioned
normally, clearing all the test points, according to Defence
Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

This is the culmination of efforts of all stakeholders
-- Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Indian Air Force, DRDO labs,
defence PSUs, Center for Military Airworthiness and
Certification, Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality
assurance, and Aeronautical Development Agency.

"This has been a great team effort to get the final
standard aircraft in the flight line," DRDO said in a
statement.

The LSP-5 first flight was directed by Wg Cdr
Sreedharan Toffeen, test director. Gp Capt G Thomas, chief
test pilot of the National Flight Test Centre piloted the
chase aircraft.

-PTI

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