After three decades finally a dream come true, The Light Combat Aircraft Tejas soar high after being inducted in Indian Air Force (IAF) on Friday as part of the first squadron.
State-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) handed over the first two Tejas aircraft to the IAF which make up the ‘Flying Daggers’ 45, the name of the first squadron of the LCA.
The event was attended by Air Marshal Jasbir Walia, Air Officer Commanding-in Chief of the Southern Air Command.
Rituals before induction:
Sulur in Tamil Nadu has been chosen as the LCA base. Though the Indian government started the LCA project in 1985, it got its Initial Operational Clearance or first level of flight worthiness only in 2013. The aircraft are expected to get Final Operational Clearance by the end of 2016.
The anti-submarine torpedo has been developed by Naval Science and Technological Laboratory of the DRDO for the Indian Navy.
Weighing around 1.25 tonnes, the torpedo carries about 250 kg of explosives at a speed of around 40 nautical miles an hour.