Historical day for India: First squadron Inducted into the IAF
1st July 2016
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited handed over the first two Tejas aircrafts to Indian Air Force which will make up the 'Flying Daggers' 45, the name of the first squadron of the LCA.
India's first indigenous LCA, which is all set to replace the MiG-21 series, is a result of several years of design and development work by Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and HAL.
Terming it a matter of "unparalleled pride and happiness", PM Narendra Modi tweeted, "This illustrates our skills and strengths to enhance indigenous defence manufacturing."
"Moment of national pride", tweeted Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar congratulating HAL and ADA for successful induction of Tejas.
During the month of April 2016, the LCA Naval Prototypes (both NP-1 and NP-2) contributed significantly towards the carrier compatibility flight testing process.
The LCA for the first time participated in an International Air Show in Bahrain, an event witnessed by External Affairs Minister of India.
The Tejas took part in the Prestigious Aero India 2015 - Asia's Premier Air Show.