Indian Air Force inducts first LCA Tejas fighter jet into service

LCA or the Light Combat Aircraft programme which began back in the 1980s, to replace the ageing MiGs from service, has finally started seeing the light of day. The first two units of indigenously built Tejas fighter jet has been inducted into service by Indian Air Force.

It has been 33 years since the fighter aircraft was first conceived. Designed, engineered and built in India, LCA Tejas is the product of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited – HAL.

IAF takes Tejas delivery in 2016 (2)

It is claimed that LCA Tejas is the world’s smallest supersonic and lightest fighter jet. This one engined bird is equipped with state of the art technologies like fly-by-wire, making it much more advanced than what our fighter pilots fly these days (which includes Mirage from France and Sukhoi from Russia).

Part of INR 8,000 crore national dream, two units of fourth generation LCA Tejas has joined the Flying Daggers squadron in Bengaluru. The induction into service was preceded by a ceremonious ritual in the presence of a priest from different religions (title image).

LCA Tejas India Jet Fighter
LCA Tejas India Jet Fighter

LCA Tejas showcased its prowess at the 2016 DefExpo in Goa earlier this year. Recently, IAF Chief Arup Raha took a ride in the LCA Tejas. At that time, it was revealed that IAF has ordered a total of 120 units of Tejas aircrafts, which will be delivered in the coming years. Each unit of Tejas is believed to cost about INR 275 – 300 crore.

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