Coimbatore : The Indian Air Force operationalised the second squadron of the indigenous Tejas MK-1 LCA (Light Combat Aircraft) at Salur Air Force Station in Coimbatore.
The aircraft inducted into the no 18 squadron ‘flying bullets’ , the only Param Vir Chakra squadron of the IAF, was manufactured at HAL Bengaluru.
The induction event was held in the presence of the Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria.
Tamil Nadu: The second squadron of Light Combat Aircraft Tejas fighter was operationalised in the Indian Air Force today at Air Force Station in Sulur. pic.twitter.com/KhZYIbvikr
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Addressing the gathering, he said the IAF will now on rely on indigenous products rather than foreign ones.
Bhadauria said, “We must synergies all private sectors and MSMEs to grab the opportunity of indigenous production for the IAF.”
With this, the Flying Bullets has now become the second IAF Squadron to fly LCA Tejas.
The Tejas Mk-1 FOC Aircraft has more clearance to carry different types of weapons when compared to the earlier version of Tejas.
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One of the main features is that the aircraft can perform air-to-air refuelling. The pilots shall experience smooth manoeuvring of the fleet.
With the induction of India’s most supersonic fighter aircraft, Sulur would turn into an important IAF base under its Southern Air Command based at Thiruvananthapuram.
(News Source : Indian Express )