DRDO`s claim about being in a position to export Light Combat Aircraft Tejas has been dismissed as premature and unrealistic by former top IAF officers who want it to focus on getting the indigenous fighter plane inducted into own air force first.
Marking a milestone in India`s military aviation, the indigenously-built Light Combat Aircraft Tejas on Friday received initial clearance for induction into the Air Force, 30 years after the sanction of the programme estimated to cost around Rs 25,000 crore.
World`s lightest and India developed supersonic fighter Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas is battle-ready for testing by its air force pilots three decades after it was conceived, designed and developed with cost overruns and inordinate delays.
With DRDO facing "bitter criticism" over delays in major projects like LCA and Arjun tank, Defence Minister AK Antony on Wednesday asked the research agency to complete its programmes within the prescribed time-limit.
The development of Light Combat
Aircraft (LCA) for its Final Operational Clearance (FOC) is in
progress and the delivery of the plane is scheduled to take
place in the 12th Plan period, the government said.
In a key step towards attaining
final operational clearance (FOC) from the IAF, the LCA Tejas is undergoing weapons trials,
including firing air-to-air missiles to test its capability to
bring down enemy planes.