NEW DELHI: It will be a routine sortie of the Tejas light combat aircraft, which has clocked well over 3,050 flight tests since its first prototype took to the skies in January 2001. But the message will be significant: India's first home-grown fighter has finally come of age after a meandering developmental saga of 33 years.
Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha will become the first IAF chief to fly in the multi-role supersonic Tejas at the Hindustan Aeronautics facility in Bengaluru on Tuesday morning. "The twin-seat Tejas trainer will undergo a full-profile sortie. It will convey IAF's confidence in the indigenous fighter," said HAL chief T Suvarna Raju, speaking to TOI.
India deserves credit for finally building a fighter. Even though it is likely obsolete by now, having taken an unheard 33 years to develop and even then, most of the crucial parts, including the engines are imported. But then, building airplanes is much more complex than building toilets, something India has not yet mastered.
A Tejas without arms and Radar and engine from USA!! What is the achievement?
It looks like a flying coffin
we hope this works n works well for india ! God bless India !
Never too late - Tajas marks the success of the baby steps India took towards aeronautical self sufficiency.
hope it ll come out as a good fighter aircraft and ll boost for it''s new editions
By the time it is inducted in sizable quantities, complete with avionics and arms, it will be way too outdated. Why not take it to the parks / gardens / war memorials, where the ageing Ajeets / Gnats etc need replacement
Good going, well done
Parbat Singh Panwar
33 yrs ha ha ha.
Tejas is considered to be one of the best LCA in Modern Times
It can be a good beginning
Navi Mumbai - 50 mins ago
Congratulations to the team of Scientists ! Finally we have our own Tejas. It is quite advance and very cheaply produced. The price tag of production is very less. What an advance fighter squadron cannot achieve, a swarm of Tejas can