Hindustan Aeronautics Restricted (HAL) handed over the primary LCA Tejas twin seater plane to the Indian Air Drive Wednesday.
The dual seater variant has all of the capabilities to assist the coaching necessities of the IAF and augments itself to the function of fighter as effectively in case of necessity, the corporate mentioned.
IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari mentioned, “We have now signed a contract for 83 additional LCA (Light Combat Aircraft) and we are moving forward to procuring 97 more LCAs. In the coming years, we will have a fleet of 220 LCAs in the inventory of the Indian Air Force. It is a matter of pride for the country.”
Union Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt was the chief visitor through the operate whereby the revealing of the LCA twin seater, handing over of Launch to Service (RSD), Signalling out Certificates (SOC) had been performed within the presence of Chief of Air Workers Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari, amongst others.
The LCA Tejas twin seater is a lightweight weight, all climate multi-role 4.5 technology plane.
It’s an amalgamation of up to date ideas and applied sciences, reminiscent of relaxed static-stability, quadraplex fly-by-wire flight management, carefree manoeuvring, superior glass cockpit, built-in digital avionics programs and superior composite supplies for the airframe, HAL mentioned.
This provides India to the listing of “very few” elite international locations who’ve created such capabilities and have them operational of their Defence Forces, it mentioned, including, it’s one other feather on the cap of “Atmanirbhar Bharat” initiative of the Authorities of India.
“This historic event today will mark the achievement of a key milestone of producing an LCA twin seater which is designed with a strategic intent of graduating the budding pilots from the twin seater variants to fighter pilots”, HAL mentioned.
HAL has an order of 18 twin seaters from IAF and is planning to ship eight of them throughout 2023-24. The remaining 10 could be delivered progressively by 2026-27. Additional, extra orders are additionally anticipated from IAF, the corporate mentioned.
With inputs from PTI.