The Indian Air Force (IAF) flew 14 Tejas aircraft in formation for the first time on Friday. The fighter jets took off from the Indian Air Force Station in Sulur near Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu.
The Tejas is an Indian fighter jet developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy in collaboration with the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA). Tejas was the result of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) programme that began in the 1980s to replace IAF’s ageing MiG-21 fighters. The LAC was officially renamed Tejas in 2003.
The Tejas is the second supersonic fighter developed by HAL(Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) , After HF-24 Marut . Earlier in January, India approved a deal worth Rs 48,000 crore to procure 83 indigenously developed LCA Tejas . The procurement of 73 LCA Tejas Mk-1A fighter aircraft and 10 LCA Tejas Mk-1 Trainer aircraft at the cost of Rs. 45,696 crore along with Design and Development of Infrastructure sanctions worth.