Posts Tagged 'Tejas'

Tejas to be inducted into IAF by next year

Bangalore: The indigenous Light Combat Aircraft ‘Tejas’ will be inducted into the Indian Air Force by 2012 and its advanced version will be ready for operational service by the end of 2015.
“LCA Tejas Mk-I would be ready for induction by 2012. The LCA Mk-II would take another three years and would be inducted by 2015,” Defence Minister A K Antony told reporters here today.
Last month, the Tejas had moved a step closer to its induction after it was granted the Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) by the Indian Air Force.
Asked about the possible induction date of the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA), Antony said, “All the difficulties related to the aircraft were over and the preliminary design Contract has also been signed. We hope it will be inducted by 2017.”
Dismissing reports about US offer to India for joining the American fifth generation fighter aircraft programme, the Defence Minister said a decision in this regard has already been taken and there was no question on going back on the deal with Russia in this regard.
09/02/11 PTI/Economic Times

HAL to showcase indigenous military aircraft prowess

howcasing its indigenous manufacturing prowess, the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will unveil its under-development Light Utility Helicopter and the Light Combat Helicopter at the Aero India show starting here tomorrow.
“For the first time, we will show our Light Utility Helicopter (LUH), which is being developed to replace the Cheetah and Chetak helicopter fleet of the Indian air Force and the Army along with the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH),” HAL officials said here.
The three-tonne helicopter is being put in the HAL pavilion for static display, they said.
Once developed, the helicopter would be able to carry out surveillance and reconnaissance missions along with playing search and rescue roles.
The LCH, the officials said, would also take part in the flying displays and would be placed at the tarmac for static display, they said.
08/02/11 PTI/The Hindu