The Chief of Staff of the French Air Force, General André Lanata flew the Indian Air Force’s domestically built Tejas Light Combat Aircraft on Wednesday during his visit to an Air Force station in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) in a tweet said, “The Chief of the Staff of French Air Force, General André Lanata, while on a goodwill visit to India, flew a sortie in ‘Made in India’ – LCA Tejas Aircraft at AF Station Jodhpur, today”.
He first arrived on Tuesday and took information upon the defense strength and functioning of Asia’s important Jodhpur AF Station and also took note of flying experience with the pilots, DNA reports.
Earlier, during the joint exercise of Garuda 5 between India and France in June 2014, the then chief of staff of the French Air force, Denis Mercier flew Sukhoi Su-30 MKI.
On February 3, the US Air Force Chief of Staff General David L Goldfein flew on Tejas during his visit to Jodhpur AF station. The single-engine multi-role fighter aircraft was also earlier flown by Singaporean defense minister, Ng Eng Hen from Kalaikunda airbase in November last year.
Under development for more than three decades, the indigenous Tejas, earlier known as the Light Combat Aircraft or LCA is the first fighter jet to be built in India since the HF-24 Marut designed several decades earlier.
In December last year, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited signed an agreement for the manufacture of 83 indigenous Tejas Mk-1A Light Combat aircraft for the Indian government. The deal is likely to be worth close to 60,000 crores and would be among the largest ever deals the government has sanctioned for the domestic arms sector, a huge boost for the government's 'Make in India' defence manufacturing programme.
The US Air Force Chief of Staff General David L Goldfein has flown the Indian Air Forces domestically built Tejas Light Combat Aircraft from an Air Force station in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. This was the first time that a foreign military head has flown the fighter aircraft
Indias first home-grown fighter jet, Light Combat Aircraft Tejas will participate for the first time in Indian Air Forces biggest air exercise called ‘Gaganshakti to be held sometime in March-April this year. According to a report by
Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen flew India's indigenously built light-combat aircraft Tejas on Tuesday, during his three-day visit to India for a joint training exercise between both countries' air forces. Dr Ng hailed it "very capable" and "wonderful" after a 45-minute sortie in the supersonic fighter aircraft - becoming the first minister or civilian from outside India to fly in the locally developed aircraft
The Indian Air Force Southern Command Chief undertook a solo flight of 30 minutes of the home-grown Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas Tuesday. The CMD-HAL, T Suvarna Raju thanked Air Marshal RKS Bhaduauria, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Air Command for ‘reposing the faith in the aircraft, HAL said in a statement Tuesday
The Indian Air Force has test fired an Israeli Derby Air-to-Air Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Missile from its domestically grown Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Tejas to demonstrate safe operation of the aircraft during missile plume ingestion into the aircraft engine under worst case scenarios. The missile was launched from LCA Tejas from the firing range off the Goa coast
Indias state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is producing around eight Tejas, a single engine multi-role aircraft, annually and the defence ministry wants it to increase the number to 18 planes per year. "We are very confident that Tejas Mark II will be a big leap forward to fulfil the single engine fighter requirement of the forces," Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Monday, adding the government was also considering export potential of the aircraft
The Indian Air force has committed to buy 324 indigenously-built Tejas Light Combat aircraft (LCA), which also includes 201 upgraded versions of the aircraft, to make up for the fast-depleting number of fighter squadrons. According to a report by Times of India, IAF has “firmly committed” to 123 Tejas jets at present, which will come at a cost of over INR 75,000 crore (US$ 11
Indias Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas demonstrated a hot refueling capability meeting a major requirement of the Indian Air Force Inching close to Final Operational Clearance (FOC) of the Tejas, its manufacturer, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) carried out a hot refueling, which means to fill fuel while the engine is on, followed by a sortie at HAL airport, Bengalore yesterday. The system performance during the refueling session was in-line with design requirements and was satisfactory
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