PM Modi flew in Tejas: Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew in the light combat aircraft Tejas at the site of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Bengaluru on Saturday (25 November), pictures of which were shared on social media. Tejas Fighter Jet manufactured by HAL, which has been developed primarily to replace the aging squadron of MiG 21 fighter jets of the Indian Air Force.
According to HT report, the Indian Air Force and Defense Ministry had signed an agreement with HAL to purchase a total of 324 Tejas aircraft including all its variants. There are many special features of this fighter aircraft which also need to be mentioned.
- Tejas is an Indian-made single-engine fighter jet developed from the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) programme. It started in the 1980s. It is a delta wing and light multirole fighter.
- Tejas is a supersonic fighter aircraft which is the crown jewel of the Indian Air Force and is the smallest and lightest aircraft of its kind. There is demand for it in other countries also. America (US) has recently signed an agreement with HAL for joint manufacturing of Mark II Tejas Aircraft.
- The indigenously developed Tejas is being inducted into the Indian Air Force in a phased manner to replace the aging MiG 21 squadrons which have been dubbed ‘flying coffins’ due to the large number of pilot deaths.
- Tejas is capable of air-to-air refueling (AAR) and is equipped with active electronically-scanned array (AESA) radar and an electronic warfare (EW) suite, making it superior to most fighters in its category.
- Tejas is a fully missile-armed combat aircraft with beyond visual range missile capabilities and air-to-surface weapons with minimum reloading time.
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