India’s first Light Combat Aircraft will get its Initial Operational Clearance today. After getting the clearance, the Light Combat Aircraft will take several flying missions.
The LCA is India’s first locally designed and manufactured Light Combat Aircraft. it is designed by Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO), Aeronautical Development Agency,
In 1998 the aircraft’s development was affected by the US sanctions and led to delay in importing some items and developing alternate equipment,.
It is india’s most awaited project and was initiated in 1983 with a budget of 560 crore. The LCA designing had been launched in 1985 by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), and was named as Tejas in 2004.
Couple of months ago the government had a chosen GE-F414 as the new engine for future LCAs. Indian Airforce will base the first of its LCA squadrons at its Sulur air base near Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu.