Tejas, India's indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) successfully carried out an 'arrested landing' on Friday in Goa at a shore-based test facility of the Indian Navy. This is a major milestone in the development of the naval variant of the jet as it became the first Indian aircraft to achieve a successful arrested landing. According to the officials, the test demonstrated the aircraft's ability to halt at a short distance after landing on board an aircraft carrier. Further, the naval version of the aircraft is in its development stage. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has inducted a batch of Tejas aircraft. Initially, an order was placed with the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for 40 Tejas aircraft. Last year, the IAF issued the request for proposal (RFP) to HAL for the procurement of another batch of 83 Tejas at a cost of over Rs 50,000 crore.
The Tejas Aircraft has been developed as a joint venture between Aeronautical Development Agency and the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The aircraft is a light-weight multi-role, tactical fighter aircraft. It is designed to satisfy the demands of the modernized airforce. The aircraft is also capable of challenging all the air defence roles. On March 25 this year, the Indian Air Force (IAF) had tweeted about the aircraft's features.
#DidYouKnow : Some of 'Tejas’ design features are interesting. It is the world’s smallest single-seat, single-engine combat aircraft. It is of tailless, compound delta-wing design.— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) March 25, 2019
The aircraft will be showcasing its super maneuverability at Malaysia. #LIMA2019 pic.twitter.com/ZsWQeqQoUR
Tejas light combat aircraft made a successful arrested landing on Friday. In the aircraft operations, an arrested landing is basically a landing that does not rely on a runway or on friction. In an arrested landing, it positively captures the aircraft and makes a smooth landing.