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    New Delhi (Sputnik): India's domestically-manufactured naval modified light combat aircraft Tejas, successfully cleared the critical hurdle of an "arrested landing" test at a shore-based facility, INS Hansa, in western Goa last week.

    On Thursday, Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh flew on the Air Force version of Tejas – the first Defence Minister of India to fly in a domestically-built aircraft. The minister flew a sortie in the twin-seater version of Tejas from state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s airport, in the southern city of Bengaluru.

    ​A delighted minister had tweeted that it “was an amazing and exhilarating experience”.

    ​India’s LCA together with its variants, is the smallest and lightest multi-role supersonic fighter aircraft of its class. This single engine, compound-Delta-Wing, Tailless aircraft is designed and developed by Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), under the Defence Research and Development Organisation. ADA with HAL as the principal partner along with several other scientific institutions have been mandated to meet the diverse needs of the Indian Air Force and Navy.

    Tejas has already achieved several operational milestones like mid-air refuelling, missile launch capability, etc.

    The naval version of Tejas, once considered a dead project after the Indian Navy rejected it in 2016 is now closer to the goal of operating from an aircraft carrier.

    Earlier this month, the HAL-made light utility helicopter successfully completed high altitude capability in hot and high weather conditions in the Himalayas.


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    Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Tejas LCA, Bengaluru, New Delhi, India
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