Naval version of Tejas undergoes successful tests

BENGALURU/NEW DELHI: The naval version of the indigenously built Tejas Light Combat Aircraft today underwent a series of successful tests to check its capability to land on an aircraft carrier, officials said.

“India has joined a select club of countries including US, Europe, Russia and China to have the capability to produce aircraft which can operate from an aircraft carrier,” an official said.

He said a series of tests including “taxi-ins” of the jet was carried out on a naval platform in Goa, in a significant milestone for development of the naval version of the jet.

The official said a series of further tests to check landing and refuelling of the aircraft will be carried out in the next few months.

Tejas is a four-and-half generation light combat aircraft developed by state-run aerospace behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL). (AGENCIES)