Important Details you should know about TEJAS
- 1967 : IAF had formed the first operational squadron with the indigenous HF-24 Marut fighter.
- 1984 : The government of India first moved decisively to kick-start the process to build an indigenous aircraft. Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) was set up by the government to develop the programme.
- 1986 : Rs 575 crores were allocated by the then government towards funding the programme.
- 4th January 2001 :
- The light combat aircraft made its first flight, a milestone in the Indian aviation industry.
- Then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee named the aircraft ‘Tejas’ – which means ‘radiance’ in Sanskrit.
- The induction of Tejas comes at an important time when the IAF has wanted to desperately replace it with the ageing fleet of MiG-21, responsible for so many crashes.
- The aircraft is equipped to handle air-to-air missiles, air-to-surface missiles, anti-ship missiles, bombs and rockets.
- The aircraft’s structure is composed of 42% carbon fibre composites, 43% aluminium alloy and the remainder titanium alloy.
- The aircraft is being developed in single-seat fighter and twin-seat trainer variants for the IAF and the Navy.
- Earlier this year, the aircraft participated in its first foreign show at the Bahrain International Air Show 2016 where aircraft enthusiasts compared it to Pakistan’s JF-17 Thunder, that was produced with the help of China.
- It is considered to be the lightest multi-role supersonic aircraft of its class.
- The aircraft can travel at a maximum speed of 2,205 km/hr for FOC version and 2,000 km/hr for IOC version.