Indian Air Force Southern Command Chief Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria on Tuesday flew a solo mission on indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas from Bengaluru.
“Gave a fresh impetus to the induction and operationalization of the indigenous fighter jet.” said an MOD statement. “The No-45 Squadron, ‘The Flying Daggers,’ the first squadron to be equipped with Tejas LCA in July last year, played hosts to the Air Marshal, an accomplished fighter pilot who is also an experimental test pilot,” the statement read.
“Ever since he took over the reins of Southern Air Command, Bhadauria has been pushing both, the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) as a designer and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) as a manufacturer of Tejas, for early operationalisation of this fleet,” the statement added.
Over the last few days, there have been constant media reports about the IAF giving thumbs down on advanced versions of the Tejas. However, with the recent sortie of Air Marshal, it proves that the IAF has not given a thumbs down to Tejas. Moreover it also shows the trust.