Battle-ready Tejas For Indian Air Force To Soon Go Into Production At HAL, First Delivery Expected By 2019 End
 Battle-ready Tejas For Indian Air Force To Soon Go Into Production At HAL, First Delivery Expected By 2019 EndLight Combat Aircraft Tejas (Source: Aeronautical Development Agency)

Indian fighter jet Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas has received a green light for production via a limited’ clearance from Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC), which will pave the way for its production in a superior lethal version, reports The Hindu.

The LCA is designed and developed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) in Bengaluru. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has asked HAL to manufacture 40 LCA aircraft. Of these, 20 will be in the advanced ‘final operational clearance’ (FOC) format while another 20 in the earlier initial operational clearance (IOC) version.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) aims to get the first LCA out in late 2019 in the just-cleared standard, according to its Chairman and Managing Director R Madhavan.

“We have received drawings and documents related to this standard. We can now start activities such as planning, procurement of parts from vendors. We aim to deliver the first aircraft [in the cleared standard] in October or November 2019,” Madhavan said.

The FOC tag signals that the LCA is equipped and fit for battle. It will have additional features over the IOC version manufactured in December 2013.

The last two deadlines for FOC-compliance (June-end and December-end of 2018) were missed by the LCA team. Further improvements are likely to follow in the ‘FOC-2’ phase.

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber