Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will fly in the indigenously-built Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas in Bengaluru, on September 19. The plane is a four-and-half generation light combat aircraft developed by state-run aerospace behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), and it happens to be the most modern of indigenously-designed aircrafts.
India on Friday 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).
The test had brought LCA a step closer to the goal of operating from an aircraft carrier. The testing stage, however, was crucial and led to the Indian Air Force to order about 83 numbers of LCA Tejas to be inducted and manufactured by the HAL for an approximate budget of about 45,000 Crores.
The LCA (Navy) is the naval version of indigenously developed Tejas fighter aircraft being developed for the Indian Air Force. An official statement said that the successful execution of arrested landing would pave the way for this indigenous platform to undertake Aircraft Carrier landing demonstration onboard the Indian Naval Aircraft Carrier, Vikramaditya.
Last year, the Defence Minister of Singapore Ng Eng Hen had hailed Tejas and had gone on to call the indigenous plane "very very capable" after taking a half-an-hour flight in the two-seater plane piloted by Air Vice Marshal A P Singh at the Kalaikunda airbase.