With the twin objective of giving an impetus to an across-the-board advancement of India’s domestic aviation capability and the need to replace the aging fleet of MiG-21s, the government of India had launched the ambitious LCA (Light Combat Aircraft)programme in the early eighties.
Around four decades later on February 20, 2019, LCA Tejas- India’s first self-made fighter jet got the final operational clearance (FOC) from the country’s military aviation regulator- CEMILAC, thus passing the final test for its induction into the Indian Air Force.
Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, as reported by NDTV, said: “You saw how much the aircraft could fly, the number of sorties it could generate in exercises ‘Gagan Shakti’ in April 2018 in ‘Vayu Shakti’ in February this year.”
The Chief of the AIr Staff was referring to the induction of India’s first fully-weaponised fighter jet as a “major milestone” on the occasion of India’s biennial air show-Aero India 2019 in Bengaluru. Read More