Indigenously developed Tejas aircraft join IAF-Prelims-2016

  • Two indigenously developed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft will shortly join the Indian Air Force at IAF’s Aircraft Systems & Test Establishment in Bengaluru on Friday as part of the first squadron.
  • They will launch the new Squadron 45 ‘Flying Daggers’, which will get the remaining 18 aircraft including four trainers in 2018.
  • A ‘Sarva Dharma Pooja’ (inter-faith prayer) was conducted before the induction. Such worships are customary at inductions and before staff training sessions, an IAF official said.
  • Air Marshal Jasbir Walia, Air Officer Commanding-in Chief, Southern Air Command, will formally induct the squadron at the Aircraft System Testing Establishment, according to an IAF communique.
  • Sulur in Tamil Nadu has been chosen as the LCA base. The LCA project began in 1985 and the IAF planned to induct it in 1994 to replace the MiG-21s. After long delays, the LCA achieved the first level of flight worthiness or Initial Operational Clearance in December 2013. The Final Operational Clearance is expected by this year-end.

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