Tejas capable of being backbone of IAF’s combat power: HAL Chief

BENGALURU: Indigenously built Light CombatAircraft-Tejas is capable of being the “backbone” of IAF’s combat power in the years to come, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd Chairman and Managing Director T Suvarna Raju said today after flying in it.

Raju flew in the aircraft from HAL Airport here with the twin seat variant of LCA (PV5) piloted by Group Captain KK Venugopal,HAL’s Chief Test Pilot.

“It is a wonderful flying machine, capable of being the backbone of IAF combat power in the years to come,” Raju was quoted as saying in a HAL release after the sortie.

In various set of manoeuvres, the aircraft climbed to 30,000 feet and accelerated to supersonic speed of 1.1 Mach. This was followed by a simulated launch of Beyond Visual Range missile on a target of opportunity, he said.

The pilot demonstrated the prowess of the aircraft to attack targets on ground and an attack on the ground target was carried out by a simulated laser guided bomb, the state-run HAL said.

The demonstration of manoeuvring capability of the aircraft in close combat situations is an unique experience to even veteran pilots, it said.

The landing was carried out simulating low visibility conditions using the ‘automatic approach’ mode of the aircraft. (AGENCIES)