Barely a month after being inducted into the Indian Air Force, India's fourth-generation light combat aircraft LCA-Tejas enthralled the audience at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition in Malaysia. Amid loud cheers from the audience, the indigenously developed aircraft exhibited its immense capability of rapid rolls and max-rate turns.
Designed and developed by DRDO's Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and built by the state-run defence aerospace major Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), Tejas is a supersonic fourth-generation fighter that made a spectacular debut at the 84th Air Force Day celebrations in 2016. Speaking at the time of its induction, Air Chief B S Dhanoa said to the press that the aircraft performed air-to-ground attacks and air-to-air refuelling at IAF's Vayu Shakti air display at Pokhran in Rajasthan on February 16.
Royal Malaysia Air Force also thanked India for displaying its sleek and powerful aircraft and urged aviation fans to witness the power of Indian pilots.
Tejas meaning ‘radiant’ in Sanskrit was named so by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Recalling the historic day, the Indian Air Force gave a tribute to the former PM and also posted a timeline of how Tejas undertook its journey.
LIMA is an international event by Malaysia that showcases exceptional aircraft in the maritime and aerospace industries. It is attended by top decision makers—from senior Government officials to military and civil industry leaders—together with prominent manufacturers and suppliers from around the globe, in creating the ideal platform where partnerships are forged and business opportunities seized.
Here's the sensational video of LCA-Tejas: