Prime Minister Narendra Modi made history on Saturday (25 November) after becoming the first PM to fly India's indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas.
PM Modi got a first-hand feel of the Tejas as he co-piloted a trainer version of the fighter jet.
Dressed in a G-suite, PM Modi was joined by an Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot when the plane took off from the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) Airport in Bengaluru.
“Successfully completed a sortie on the Tejas. The experience was incredibly enriching, significantly bolstering my confidence in our country’s indigenous capabilities, and leaving me with a renewed sense of pride and optimism about our national potential,” PM Modi posted on X (formerly Twitter).
The PM also visited the Tejas hangar at Defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s (HAL) Bangalore Complex and appreciated the efforts by the PSU and its team.
Tejas is a homegrown indigenous aircraft designed and developed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) lab in Bengaluru and manufactured by HAL, headquartered in Bengaluru.
So far, HAL has orders for 40 LCA-Mk1, of which seven were to be trainer aircraft.
The Defence PSU has delivered 33 single-seat fighters, while the first of the twin-seat trainer variants was handed over to the Indian Air Force (IAF) in October this year.
The firm has to deliver six more trainers and 83 LCA-Mk1A variant aircraft, for which orders worth Rs 8,802 crore have been placed already.
The Tejas twin-seater is a light weight, all-weather multi-role 4.5 generation aircraft designed to support the training requirements of the IAF and augment itself to the role of a fighter if need arises.
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