Brahmand NewsPrevious Article
Brahmand NewsNext Article
  • China's experimental space lab to re-enter earth's atmosphere:-The experimental space lab Tiangong-2 will have a controlled descent from its orbit and it would re-enter earth's atmosphere to fall into the Pacific Ocean, China’s official space agency has said....
  • Exclusive Interview of Dr. Sudhir Kumar Mishra, CEO & MD, BrahMos Aerospace:-BrahMos Aerospace is one of the most outperforming companies in India's Defence & Aerospace Sector. Dr. Sudhir K Mishra, CEO & MD of the India-Russia JV entity, in an interview, shares the vision and incredible achievements of the company in its quest to improve the strike capability of India’s armed forces whether on sea, from underwater, in air or on land....
  • INS Sagardhwani embarks on ‘Sagar-Maitri Mission-2’:-INS Sagardhwani, an oceanographic research vessel of the Defence Research and Development Organisation, has embarked on a two-month-long Sagar- Maitri Mission-2 from Southern Naval Command in Kochi....
  • Rafale will provide IAF strategic deterrence: Defence Ministry:-The Rafale fighter aircraft will provide the Indian Air Force strategic deterrence and requisite capability to engage targets at long ranges, the Defence Ministry has said in a report, adding the training of first batch of officers and technicians is under way with the French Air Force....

IAF LCA squadron still awaits first aircraft

Line Spacing+- AFont Size+- Print This Article

LCA Tejas. Photo: Aeronautical Development Agency, Ministry of Defence, Bangalore, India.

NEW DELHI (PTI): More than seven months after it was cleared for being flown by IAF pilots, the entry of the first LCA Tejas in its newly-raised squadron in Bangalore is still awaited as the project has been delayed yet again.

IAF has raised its 45 Squadron at Bangalore for allowing its pilots to fly the aircraft and was supposed to induct the first Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) in March this year.

But the schedule has now been shifted to coming September, sources said here.

The delay is also understood to have pushed backed the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) of the aircraft from December this year to March 2015.

Flight manuals, the aircraft manual and other basic documents required by pilots to operate the aircraft are also not yet ready, the sources added.

The aircraft received its Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) last year on December 20 after which Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) was supposed to supply two Limited Series Production LCA's to IAF, sources said.

The LCA programme, cleared in August 1983 at a cost of Rs 560 crore to replace the ageing MiG-21s in IAF's combat fleet, has missed several deadlines.

Asked about the delays, a HAL spokesperson said that as far as the production of LCAs was concerned, "HAL is on the right path and there is no delivery issue at this stage."

He said the HAL LCA Project Group has now been upgraded to a full-fledged division to look after production in a systematic way with more investments.

"The new initiative will help enhance the rate of production and reduce production cycle-times by incorporating several advanced defence aerospace technologies," the spokesperson said.


India  IAF  LCA Tejas  
Line Spacing+- AFont Size+- Print Article

Other Related News

Turkey receives first delivery of Russian S-400 missile system: Ankara

Turkey has received the first batch of Russia's S-400 missile defence system, the Defence Ministry has said, despite repeated warnings from its NATO ally United States against the purchase.

Upcoming Defence Exhibitions

BRAHMOS Missile Systems


Brahmand World Defence Update 2019

Image Gallery