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Indigenously developed LCA Tejas debuts at foreign air exercise


India's Light Combat Aircraft Tejas.

NEW DELHI (PTI): Five Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) of the Indian Air Force are participating in a multilateral exercise in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the first-ever participation of the indigenously developed jets in a military wargame in a foreign country.

An IAF contingent comprising of 110 air warriors arrived at Al Dahfra air base of United Arab Emirates for participating in the exercise Desert Flag, officials said.

The IAF is participating with five Tejas and two C-17 Globemaster III aircraft.

"This is the first occasion when the LCA Tejas shall participate in an international flying exercise outside India," said an official.

‘Exercise Desert Flag’ is a multilateral air exercise in which air forces from the UAE, France, Kuwait, Australia, the UK, Bahrain, Morocco, Spain, Republic of Korea, and the US are also be participating.

The exercise is scheduled from February 27 to March 17.

"The aim of the exercise is to participate in diverse fighter engagements and learn from the best practices of various air forces," the official said.

Tejas, manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, is a single-engine and highly agile multi-role supersonic fighter aircraft capable of operating in high-threat air environments.

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