IAF to induct two Tejas aircraft today

Background: Tejas Light Combat Aircraft, MiG-21, Indian Air Force.

  • Two indigenously developed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft are set to join the Indian Air Force on July 1st as part of the first squadron.
  • They will launch the new Squadron 45 Flying Daggers, which will get the remaining 18 aircraft including four trainers in 2018.
  • The LCA project began in 1985 and the IAF planned to induct it in 1994 to replace the MiG-21s.
  • After long delays, the LCA achieved the first level of flight worthiness or Initial Operational Clearance in December 2013. The Final Operational Clearance is expected by this year-end.

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