The Indian Air Force (IAF) finally deployed indigenously designed and developed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas on the forward base along the Pakistan border.
“The LCA Tejas was deployed by the Indian Air Force on the western front close to the Pakistan border to take care of any possible action by the adversary there,” government sources told ANI.
The deployment of LCA comes amid border row with China along LAC (Line of Actual Control). Getting deployed on the western front in significantly big achievement for home grown fighter jets program.
LCA Tejas is equipped with Israeli Derby Beyond Visual Range Air to Air Missile (BVRAAM).
The first squadron of Initial Operational clearance (IOC) LCA Tejas, 45 Squadron (Flying Daggers) based out of Sulur under the Southern Air Command, was deployed in an operational role there, the sources said.
The second Final Operational Clearance (FOC) squadron of Tejas is also started forming up in Sulur air base.
The Rs 39,000 crore deal for 83 LCA Tejas MK-1A variant is likely to complete by the end of this year. LCA design and developed to replace IAF aging MiG 21 Bison fleet.
The Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) in collaboration with Aircraft Research and Design Centre (ARDC) of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is also working on a MK-2 Variant of MWF Tejas MK-2.
Medium Weight Fighter Tejas MK-2 will going to be a medium category Fighter jet. An increase payload capacity to 6,500 kg (14,300 lb) and internal fuel capacity to 3,300 kg (7,300 lb), will allow it to carry more weapons for longer range.