The first squadron of HAL made Light combat aircraft (LCA), Tejas was inducted into Indian Air Force (IAF) with two fighter aircrafts joining the force on Friday.
State-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) handed over the first two Tejas aircraft to the IAF which will make up the ‘Flying Daggers’ 45, the name of the first squadron of the LCA. It is reported that the aircrafts are likely to perform a sortie during the induction ceremony. The squadron will be based in Bengaluru for the first two years before being moved to Sulur in Tamil Nadu. – ABP Live reported.
According to IAF, the LCA is far superior to Pakistan’s JF-17 built jointly with China. It is an excellent platform with proven airworthiness and superb safety record ever registered by any fighter jet in the world. Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, who on May 17 took his maiden flight in Tejas, had termed the aircraft as “good” for induction.
The commissioning of the India-made fighter planes comes more than three decades after LCA went into development.