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Defence Minister Hands-over HAL Made Tejas to IAF
By IANS | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 1/17/2015 12:00:00 AM
Defence Minister Hands-over HAL Made Tejas to IAF

Bengaluru : Defence Minister Mr. Manohar Parrikar handed over the first series production Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas made by HAL to the Indian Air Force at a ceremony at HAL Bangalore Complex today. The Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Chief of the Air Staff received the aircraft documents from the Minister in presence of HAL Chairman, Dr.  R.K. Tyagi.

 

Mr. Parrikar and others also viewed the flying display of HAL’s main products: Tejas, Dhruv (Rudra), LCH and Hawk.  He also visited design and flight hangars of Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), Dhruv and production facilities of LCA Tejas.

 

Speaking at the ceremony, Defence Minister congratulated HAL and everyone involved in the project and called upon to think “out of the box” to meet the time-line challenges by applying the right management tools. “Thrust should be given on research and technology by exploiting the existing knowledge base which companies like HAL have”, he said. “Although one does not achieve everything over-nigh. However by modifying our work culture and by adopting better technology and tools we can achieve the results better”, he added.

 

The CAS outlined that LCA is the need of the hour, given the operational needs of IAF. “We are happy to receive the documents of the first series production of LCA”, he said.  He complimented HAL for handing over this aircraft, which would allow its induction and subsequent formation of first Tejas squadron.


Dr. Tyagi described the event as one of the major milestones in the history of the Company.  “We have achieved 60% indigenisation in this LCA project so far. We will produce six aircraft next year (2015-16) and subsequently scale it up to eight and 16 aircraft per year.” he added. He complimented ADA, IAF, CEMILAC, DGAQA, NAL and other participating institutions for the successful delivery of first Series Production aircraft.


Tejas is a 4.5th Generation Aircraft. It is significant for its lighter weight and greater agility and manoeuvrability. The lighter weight is achieved by use of higher percentage of Carbon Fibre Composites. Other significant features of this indigenous aircraft are the Digital Fly-By-Wire System, Flight Control Systems, Open Architecture Computer etc. The Naval variant of LCA is also under development and had last month did its first flight from the shore based test facility (STBF) at Goa.


In the design and development program, HAL has produced 15 aircraft including the 7 in Limited Series Production (LSP), 2 Technology Demonstrators, 3 Fighter Prototype, 2 Trainer Prototype and 1 Naval Prototype. These aircraft have completed more than 2800 flights.


With the coming up of new hi-tech manufacturing complex for the capacity augmentation of LCA, HAL is confident of sharing its responsibility in ensuring the national security.  HAL is the principal partner for the development of LCA along with the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) which is the nodal design agency and responsible for program management of the project.

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