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India's Tejas fighter aircraft starts operations

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Tejas fighter aircraft. Photo courtesy: ADA

CHENNAI (PTI): India's indigenously built Light Combat Aircraft 'Tejas', the smallest and lightest multi-role supersonic fighter aircraft in its class, commenced operations from the Sulur Air Force Station in Tamil Nadu on Monday, two years after its induction into the Indian Air Force (IAF), an official release said.

The aircraft, part of the 'Flying Daggers' of the 45 Squadron, was formally operationalised at a ceremony attended by Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (Southern Air Command) RKS Bhadauria.

Designed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the single-engine, tailless aircraft would cater to the diverse needs of the IAF and the Indian Navy.

The Southern Air Command based in Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram has been entrusted with the task of integrating the indigenously-built fighter aircraft with a satellite-aided Inertial Navigation System (INS) in the Air Force's Concept of Operations.

The aircraft has a digital computer based attack system and autopilot mode. It can fire air-to-air missiles, carry bombs and precision-guided ammunition.

The 'No 45 Squadron' has been involved in training aircrew and would now undertake operations and maintenance of the aircraft under Group Captain S Dhankhar, the release said.

With the deployment of Tejas, the 'Flying Daggers' would take up wartime role towards safeguarding national skies, it said.

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