Indigenous fighter aircraft LCA Tejas Mk1A completes first flight from HAL facility in Bengaluru

On March 28, 2024, the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas Mk1A had its maiden flight from the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) facility in Bengaluru.

  1. The first aircraft in the Tejas Mk1A series, with registration number LA5033, completed the flight, piloted by Chief Test Pilot Group Captain K K Venugopal (Retired), lasting 18 minutes.
  2. This achievement marks a significant milestone for India’s indigenous aerospace and defense industry, showcasing the capability of concurrent design and development despite global supply chain challenges.
  3. The contract for Tejas Mk1A was signed in February 2021, demonstrating India’s commitment to advanced indigenous fighter aircraft.
  4. Tejas Mk1A features advanced electronic radar, enhanced combat capabilities, improved maintenance features, and robust communication systems.
  5. The Indian Air Force (IAF) can expect early induction of Tejas Mk1A, with production lines established at HAL to meet demand.
  6. HAL’s collaboration with CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (CSIR-NAL) through a Transfer of Technology (ToT) agreement aims to manufacture the BMI Engine Bay Door for Tejas Mk1A.
  7. Tejas Mk1A is described as an indigenous 4.5-generation, all-weather, and multi-role fighter aircraft, poised to strengthen India’s defense capabilities.

Q: What is the significance of the Tejas Mk1A’s recent maiden flight?

A) It marked the first flight of an indigenous fighter aircraft.
B) It achieved a world record for altitude.
C) It demonstrated the feasibility of supersonic travel.
D) It showcased a new stealth technology.

Answer: A) It marked the first flight of an indigenous fighter aircraft.

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