Tejas test fires BVR missile, Rushes towards FOC.

Defence News: Tejas, our very own Indian light fighter has test fired a Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile at Chandipur. This is towards demonstration and testing of weapons release in the Air to Air missile class. Various parameters like release mechanism, missile exhaust impact, weight drop and gas ingestion risk etc. were tested. The tests were successful and the jet is expected to go up to speed towards Final operational clearance. Currently it has been IOC certified.

Image: Official Tejas site.

LCA Tejas developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, it is  single-seat, single-jet engine, multi-role light fighter designed by the Aeronautical Development Agency for the Indian Air Force and Navy. There is a navy trainer version apart from Airforce trainer.

Flight simulators have already been developed for the type. The lightweight, supersonic, multi-role single seat fighter was inducted in Indian Air Force’s 45 squadron ‘Flying Daggers’ in July last year. Tejas has a pure double delta wing configuration (wing root leading edge sweep 50°, outer wing leading edge sweep 62.5° and trailing edge forward sweep 4°), with no tail planes or canard and a single dorsal fin. Relaxed static stability, fly-by-wire flight control system, multi-mode radar, integrated digital avionics system, composite material structures, and a flat rated engine are some of the features. Initially being stationed at Bangalore, the first squadron will be placed at its home base at Sulur, Tamil Nadu. Saturday (Oct 8) was when it was shown to public at Hindon Air Show, organized on the occasion of 84th foundation day of Indian Air Force.

The projected requirement for IAF is 200 single-seat fighters and 20 twin-seat trainers, while the Indian Navy expects to operate 40 single-seat fighters. HAL and ADA handed over the first two Tejas aircraft to Indian Air Force on July 1, 2016.

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