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Saturday, 11 January 2020

India created history by making Tejas landing on INS Vikramaditya, became the sixth country in the world

India created history by making Tejas landing on INS Vikramaditya, became the sixth country in the world
With the landing of the Tejas fighter aircraft on the INS Vikramaditya, India has become the sixth country in the world to produce aircraft capable of landing on warships.  Prior to this, America, Russia, Britain, France and China have recorded this feat.  Speaking on the occasion, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said that it was a pleasure to know about the first landing on INS Vikramaditya of LCA Tejas made by DRDO.  This landing is a spectacular event in the history of the Indian fighter aircraft development program.

 The single-engine Tejas will soon replace the retiring MiG-21.  Due to increased accidents, MiG-21s have been called flying coffins.  Tejas will become a force of the Indian Air Force with the Sukhoi Su-30 MKI, built in collaboration with Rafael and Russia from France.

Atal named it

 In the 1990s, India started manufacturing Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) as an alternative to the MiG-21.  In 2003, the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee named LCA as Tejas.  Tejas is a Sanskrit word, Hindi meaning extremely powerful energy.

 Tejas: A Look

 Length 43.4 feet and width 26.1 feet
 Height 14.9 feet and weight (including weapons) 9800 kg
 Maximum takeoff weight: 13.5 thousand kg
 Construction cost: Rs 463 crore per aircraft (approx.)

 Quality

 Able to fly at a speed of 2222 kilometers per hour.
 Can travel a distance of 3000 km once flown.

 USP

 Deployment of six air-to-air missiles is possible.
 These include Derby, Python-5, R-73, Astra, Asram and Meteor-2.
 Air-to-ground hit BrahMos and anti-ship missiles can also be fired.
 Laser guided bombs, glide bombs and cluster weapons.

 A Career

 The first flight took place on 4 January 2001.
 Inducted into the Air Force on 17 January 2015.

 Air Force plans to purchase 324 aircraft

 The Indian Air Force plans to include a total of 324 Tejas aircraft of different versions.  16 of the 40 aircraft of the Mark One version have been supplied under the first shipment.  16 aircraft will be made available by mid-2020.  Eight aircraft are expected to join the Air Force at the end of the year.  In 2018, the Air Force issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to HAL for the purchase of another consignment of 83 Tejas at a cost of over Rs 50,000 crore.

 When Pak-China stopped Thunderbird

 In 2016, Pak last canceled plans to display the JF-17 Thunderbird, produced jointly with China, at the Bahrain Airshow.  Tejas was supposed to perform at the airshow.  It was being said that Pak-China has stopped the performance of Thunderbird for fear of comparison with Indian aircraft.


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