Historical day for the IAF. Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha flies the Tejas
17th May 2016
Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha became the first IAF chief to fly in the multi-role supersonic Tejas at the HAL facility in Bengaluru on Tuesday morning. Air Chief Marshal Raha, a veteran fighter pilot, flew the Tejas trainer (PV-6) with Group Captain M Rangachari, an IAF test Pilot from the prestigious Aircraft & Systems Testing Establishment. Later, speaking on the occasion of the graduation ceremony of the 38th Flight Test course of ASTE, the Air Chief said “It’s a good aircraft to fly and fit to be inducted into our fleet,” During the sortie, the Air Chief carried out manoeuvres checking out the entire flying envelope of the aircraft. The Air Chief, carried out simulated air-to-air and air-to-ground attacks. He also assessed the advanced modes of the radar and Helmet Mounted Display Sight (HMDs). The Air Chief appreciated the flying qualities of the aircraft and congratulated the entire team of ADA and HAL. Later in the day, the Air Chief also inaugurated the LCA paint hangar and visited the aircraft’s production facility at the HAL.
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.