- Oct 3, 2018
The 11th Series Produced Tejas (LA-5011) took to the sky on her maiden flight today. As per a report on LCA-TEJAS Facebook page the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) - Tejas SP-11 completed its maiden flight from HAL Airport in Bangalore today. SP-11 will be a member of the First Squadron of LCA Tejas. Soon after this flight she will be handed over to the squadron. The fighter was piloted by Group Capt KK Venugopal from the National Test Flight centre in Bangalore, the jet flew for around 35 minutes before returning back safely to base.
Couple more production sorties and equal number of customer sorties and thereafter she is ready to join the Flying Daggers.
LCA Tejas was inducted into No. 45 Squadron of Indian Air Force (IAF) on 01 Jul 2016, also called the "Flying Daggers" marking the first anniversary on 1st July 2017. Tejas can carry, Air-to-air Missiles, Air-to-ground Missiles, Anti-ship Missiles, Laser Guided Bombs, Conventional Bombs, GSh-23 Gun and Drop Tanks