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Indian Fighter to Begin Final Testing

Indian Fighter to Begin Final Testing

The world’s lightest and India-developed supersonic fighter Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. Light Combat Aircraft Tejas is battle-ready for testing by Indian Air Force pilots three decades after it was conceived, designed and developed with cost overruns and inordinate delays.

“The home-grown aircraft is ready for flight tests by IAF pilots to assess its air prowess and strike power,” state-run Aeronautical Development Agency director P.S. Subramanian told IANS ahead of its initial operational clearance Friday here.

Outgoing Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne will receive a 500-page “release to service” document the Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification has compiled as a proof of the fourth generation fighter’s strike capabilities.

“The aircraft has a unique record of being accident or incident-free during its 2,400-odd test flights for over 3,000 hours since its maiden sortie as a technology demonstrator in 2001 and subsequently as eight prototype versions,” an upbeat Subramanian claimed.

For the complete story by Fakir Balaji of IANS via Yahoo! News, click here.

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Updated: December 19, 2013 — 1:37 PM

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