The first series production version of the of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas completed its maiden flight just before last weekend, HAL confirmed this week.
The Tejas production version flew on 1 October 2014, piloted by Air Commander K.A. Muthana, Chief of Test Flying.
“The aircraft is now ready for Indian Air Force operations”, glad HAL Chairman Tyagi said to the aircraft manufacturer’s engineers, technicians and staff at the factory in Bangalore. “We’ve achieved this 9 months after Intial Operational Clearance Certification in December 2013.”
The Indian government signed a delivery contract for the first 20 LCA Tejas in IOC configuration in 2006.
Amongst the many technological challenges in the making of LCA the biggest were sanctions on the import of carbon fibre, establishing the entire tooling and manufacturing capability by in-house design of tooling and creating test equipment.
Source: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited