LCA Tejas FOC completes maiden flight, IAF closer to combat-ready indigenous fighter

Indian Air Force (IAF) is a step closer to getting a fully combat-ready indigenous supersonic fighter with the Light Combat Aircraft Tejas in Final Operational Clearance-standard (SP-21) making its first successful test flight in Bengaluru on Tuesday (March 17, 2020). Tejas FOC(SP-21), piloted by former Indian Air Force (IAF) Air Commodore and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Chief Test Flying (Fixed Wing) KA Muthana (retired), was in the air for 40 minutes.

Mar 17, 2020, 16:20 PM IST

Breaking news: IAF getting ready to induct more Tejas LCA, 83 Mark 1A fighters in the pipeline

IAF already has 16 Tejas fighters in its 45 Squadron (Flying Daggers) based at Sulur Air Force Station in Tamil Nadu. The force will resurrect the 18 Squadron (Flying Bullets) after receiving more Tejas aircraft.

Feb 05, 2020, 16:53 PM IST

Indian Air Force restructures, deploys more air warriors to boost fighter squadron strength by 20 per cent

While Indian Air Force (IAF) is inducting 36 French Rafale jets and the indigenous Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) to boost its fighter squadron strength, the force under the leadership of Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria is also undertaking a major restructuring of its highly trained and motivated personnel to boost its war-fighting units.

Jan 30, 2020, 20:09 PM IST

Tejas, India's indigenous supersonic fighter, likely contender for Malaysia's LCA programme

Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), India's indigenous single-engine supersonic fighter and one of the flying machines in the Indian Air Force (IAF) arsenal, is likely to be one of the jets which Malaysia is keen to evaluate as part of the defence modernisation programme. Malaysia will call for bids from global defence majors in early 2020 for the supply of up to 36 aircraft for the Royal Air Force and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, which manufactures Tejas jets, will most probably be one of the contenders.

Nov 28, 2019, 13:15 PM IST

Indian Air Force says deal for 83 Tejas LCA with HAL soon

As per sources, the deal for 83 Tejas LCA, which are of the Mark 1A variant, is expected to cost the IAF in the range of Rs 45,000 crore. The aircraft will have improved serviceability, faster weapon-loading time, enhanced survivability, a better electronic warfare suite and Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar that will significantly enhance its capability.

Oct 23, 2019, 20:09 PM IST

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Oct 04, 2019, 08:44 AM IST

Indian Railways may introduce world class trains operated by private players on 24 routes

A statement released by the Ministry of Railways says that with this move, the Indian Railways aims to provide “world class services” to its passengers.

Sep 24, 2019, 12:50 PM IST

DNA Analysis of Tejas fighter aircraft

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that Tejas is a multi-role fighter with several critical capabilities and it will strengthen the air defence capabilities of the country.

Sep 19, 2019, 22:46 PM IST

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Sep 19, 2019, 16:20 PM IST

Exhilarating, amazing, says Rajnath Singh after flying in LCA Tejas

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that Tejas is a multi-role fighter with several critical capabilities and it will strengthen the air defence capabilities of the country.

Sep 19, 2019, 11:30 AM IST

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh flies in Light Combat Aircraft Tejas - Watch

Prior to the sortie, the Union defence minister was briefed by the pilot about the aircraft and Rajnath Singh also tried to familiarise himself with the formidable fighter jet developed completely in India.


Sep 19, 2019, 09:30 AM IST

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to fly in IAF LCA Tejas in Bengaluru on Thursday

The Tejas fighter jet was issued by the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) standard certification by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on February 21, 2019.

Sep 19, 2019, 06:25 AM IST

Deshhit: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to fly in LCA Tejas in Bengaluru

In a major boost to India's indigenous defence sector, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be flying in the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas in Bengaluru on September 19, 2019. Singh will take to the skies in a twin-seater version of the Tejas combat aircraft, which arm the Indian Air Force No. 45 Squadron ‘Flying Daggers' based at Tamil Nadu's Sulur Air Force Station.

Sep 17, 2019, 22:06 PM IST

IAF LCA Tejas to have a special pilot; Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to fly in the fighter in Bengaluru

Tejas, designed and developed by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and Aeronautical Development Agency, is India's home-grown single-engine multirole light fighter to replace the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 Bison aircraft. Tejas, the soon-to-be-inducted French Rafale and Sukhoi Su-30 MKIs will be the backbone of IAF for the next several years.

Sep 17, 2019, 14:12 PM IST

BrahMos Aerospace, HAL to take part in Russia's MAKS 2019 where Sukhoi Su-57E will be unveiled

The famed and deadly BrahMos supersonic cruise missile is from the BrahMos Aerospace stable while HAL is involved in manufacturing and assembling several top fighters of the Indian Air Force including the indigenous Ligh Combat Aircraft Tejas, Sukhoi Su-30MKI, Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer, Intermediate Jet Trainer HJT-36, Dornier 228 and HTT-40 Basic Flying Trainer.

Aug 20, 2019, 14:57 PM IST

IAF Tejas fighter fuel drop tank falls off near Sulur Air Force Base, no reports of damage

The Tejas fighter, an indigenous supersonic aircraft, landed back safely at Sulur Air Base safely after the incident. IAF officials said the cause of the incident is being investigated.


Jul 02, 2019, 11:50 AM IST

HAL order book full with top IAF fighter Sukhoi Su-30MKI, LCA Tejas, helicopters

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has said that the present capacity available with HAL is adequate to fulfil the existing orders/projects in hand.

Jun 25, 2019, 08:42 AM IST