Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh took off for a sortie in the twin-seater version of the indigenously-developed Tejas LCA from the HAL airport in Bengaluru on Thursday morning. The plane is a four-and-half generation light combat aircraft developed by the state-run aerospace company.
Rajnath Singh tweeted about the sortie wearing his flying suit in the morning-
The Defence Minister took to the skies in the twin-seater version of Tejas after a briefing by Indian Air Force pilots. It will be a crucial 30-minute sortie, likely to serve as a significant acknowledgement of officers who have been involved in the development of the indigenously-made Tejas.
The Defence minister waved to the crowd while sitting in the aircraft. This marks a historic day as Rajnath Singh will be the first Defence Minister to fly this particular sortie.
Rajnath Singh will also attend an exhibition of products of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Bengaluru.
In January this year, the Union minister’s predecessor Nirmala Sitharaman, who now holds the Finance Portfolio in Modi government 2.0, undertook a sortie aboard the Russian-made Sukhoi-30 fighter jet, which forms a major component of the Indian Air Force's aerial fleet, for 45 minutes.
India recently took a giant step towards designing and building a Tejas fighter capable of operating off aircraft carriers by conducting a critical test that was carried out by the Light Combat Aircraft (Navy). The test came to an end by successfully executing the first-ever arrested landing at a shore-based facility, INS Hansa in Goa, last Friday. For the test, a Tejas prototype fighter carried out an “arrested landing” in the navy’s Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF).