LCA Tejas to be first indigenously-built aircraft inducted to IAF
Bangalore June 28 :HAL is set to hand over the first two Tejas aircraft to the IAF on Friday to make up part of the ‘Flying Daggers’ 45 squadron.
The IAF plans to induct over 80 aircraft with better specifications known as Tejas 1A
While the idea to have an indigenous fighter aircraft was conceptualised in the 1970s, the actual work started only in the 1980s and the first flight took place in January 2001
Tejas is designed to carry a veritable plethora of air-to-air, air-to-surface, precision guided and standoff weaponry.
Tejas will replace the MiG 21s and will be used for air-to-air fight and ground attack and could also be a complement to bigger fighter planes such as Su 30 MKI.