10 Mind Blowing Facts About LCA-Tejas You Should Know
Hello Defence Lovers, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday, Making it clear that the government is in no mood to ditch made-in-India Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, The minister also made it clear that the government is working to ensure that the per year manufacturing capability of Tejas must increase. So in this article we will talk about some mind blowing facts about the home-grown Tejas Light Combat Aircrafts.
- TEJAS was planned in early 1980’s to replace Mig-21’s of the IAF which were inducted in early 1960’s. Mig’s were the first supersonic jets to be used by the IAF. It was in 1984 that the government of India first moved decisively to kick-start the process to build an indigenous aircraft. Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) was set up by the government to develop the programme.
- TEJAS is our first indigenous aircraft designed Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and produced by Hindustan Aeronautical Limited (HAL) and it was the second supersonic fighter developed by HAL after HAL HF 24 Marut.
- It took around 33 years to get inducted in the forces. It took its first flight on 4th January 2001.
- It was named TEJAS by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the year 2003.
- The LCA’s 45% mainframe is made of composite materials. This means that in the same thrust, the aircraft can move faster and manoeuvre smarter. The percentage use of the composites is one of the highest among contemporary aircrafts of its category.
- Touted to be a lightweight machine, the aircraft is perhaps world’s smallest jet in this category.
- The first squadron of two Tejas will be known as ‘Flying Daggers 45’. After being inducted in Bengaluru, the squadron will be moved to Sulur in Tamil Nadu after two years of initial operations.
- A unit of this aircraft will cost substantially less than any other foreign fighters. Once it gets completely operational it will be considered for export, making India an export hub encouraging India’s aerospace industry.
- The multi-role radar on Tejas – jointly developed Israel and India – is fit to work in all-weather situations. Like any other next generation jet, the Tejas can carry air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles.
- Its head-up-display (HUD) shows real-time targets, altitude, speed, radar lock, and other information on the eye-focus on the pilot. “This simplifies aircraft operation and navigation and allows pilots to focus only on the most pertinent information,” says the ADA.