In Photos: When India’s LCA Tejas Took First Flight

Conceived as a replacement to the MiG-21, Tejas was inducted into No 45 Squadron of the Indian Air Force in 2016.

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(This article was first published on 1 July, 2016 and is being republished from The Quint’s archives in the backdrop of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on 13 January, approving the procurement of 83 Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) at a cost of about Rs 48,000 crore.)

The Light Combat Aircraft “Tejas” was inducted into No 45 Squadron of the Indian Air Force on 1 July, 2016. The Squadron is also called the “Flying Daggers”.

Tejas is the first advance Fly-by-wire (FBW) fighter aircraft designed, developed and manufactured in India.

In Photos: When India’s LCA Tejas Took First Flight
(Photo: IANS)

Conceived as a MiG-21 replacement, the aircraft has been designed and developed by the Aeronautical Development Agency and produced by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

Getting on-board the combat aircraft. 
Getting on-board the combat aircraft. 
(Photo: Indian Air Force)
Getting ready to take off.
Getting ready to take off.
(Photo: IANS)
Tejas soaring in the skies.
Tejas soaring in the skies.
(Photo: Indian Air Force)
The Flying Daggers Squadron.
The Flying Daggers Squadron.
(Photo: Indian Air Force)
The indigenously developed Tejas aircraft.
The indigenously developed Tejas aircraft.
(Photo: Twitter @manoharparrikar)
The Tejas has landed. 
The Tejas has landed. 
(Photo: IANS)

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