Tejas – Light Combat Aircraft

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Tejas – Light Combat Aircraft

  • Made in India
  • Single-seat
  • Single-jet engine,
  • Multi-role light fighter
  • It has been pegged as world’s smallest and lightest supersonic fighter
  • LCA Tejas is not the first indigenous fighter to be inducted into the IAF. In April 1967, IAF had formed the first operational squadron with the indigenous HF-24 Marut fighter
  • Designed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
  • Made under Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) programme, which began in the 1980s to replace India’s ageing MiG-21 fighters.
  • It is equipped with satellite-aided Inertial Navigation System.
  • It has digital computer-based attack system and autopilot mode.
  • It has limited reach of a little over 400-km.
  • It will be mainly used for close air-to-ground operations.
  • Why in news? Tejas Squadron formally commenced operations.