IAF flies PM Modi on a Tejas aircraft over Bengaluru for 30 minutes

Sunday, 26 November 2023 - 3:37

Prime Minister Narendra Modi got a first-hand feel of the indigenous light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas as he took a sortie trainer version of the aircraft on November 25.

Attired in a G-suit, PM Modi was aboard an aircraft flown by an Indian Air Force pilot that took off from the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. airport in Bengaluru

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday shared photos of him taking a sortie on a Tejas fighter jet, developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), at the firm's site in Karnataka's Bengaluru.

PM Modi became the first Indian Prime Minister to fly in fighter aircraft as he went on sortie which lasted for 30 minutes.

The Indian Air Force is slowly phasing out the Mig 21 squadron through the Tejas fighter jets, developed under the LCA programme.

Tejas is a light combat aircraft which was primarily developed to replace the aging squadron of MiG 21 fighter jets from the Indian Air Force.

The IAF and defence ministry had signed a contract with HAL to develop a procure a total of 324 Tejas aircraft, including all its variants.

Tejas is an Indian-made single-engine fighter jet, which was developed by the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) programme, which commenced in the 1980s. It is a delta wing and light multirole fighter.

Tejas is a supersonic combat aircraft which is the smallest and lightest of its kind, being the crown jewel of the Indian Air Force. It is also in demand in other countries. The US recently inked a pact with the HAL to manufacture Mark II Tejas aircraft jointly.

Indigenously developed Tejas is being phased into the Indian Air Force to replace the ageing MiG 21 squadron, which has been dubbed the 'flying coffin' due to a large number of pilot deaths.

Tejas is capable of air-to-air refuelling (AAR) and is equipped with Active Electronically-Scanned Array (AESA) radar, and an Electronic
Warfare (EW) suite, making it superior to most of the fighters in its category.

Tejas is a fully missile-equipped fighter, with Beyond Visual Range missile capabilities and Air to Ground weapons with minimal reloading time.

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