The fourth generation Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) ‘Tejas,’ designed and built in India, joined the Indian Air Force’s squadron called Flying Daggers in Bengaluru. The Light Combat Aircraft has been developed by Aeronautical Development Agency and produced by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL).
The induction marked the fruition of over 30-years, and nearly Rs. 8000-crore national dreams to have an Indian fighter in the country’s air defence fleet. Tejas is, in several ways, as capable as the French-built Mirage 2000, the aircraft used by HAL as its benchmark.
Two more LCA will further join No. 45 Squadron in a few months. “With 45 Squadron commencing operations on Friday, soon the Tejas will be employed to defend the Indian skies,” the IAF has said. Indian PM Modi in a tweet called it a matter of “unparalleled pride and happiness”.
“This illustrates our skills and strengths to enhance indigenous defence manufacturing,” he said.
Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar also congratulated the HAL and the ADA and termed the induction a “moment of national pride”.