Make in India: LCA Tejas LSP-8 with the IFR Probe, SU-30 MKI, Dornier DO-228, Hawk-i and HTT-40 by HAL during Aero India 2017
Iron Fist Exercise 2016: A MiG-21 dropping a T9 flare and the R-73 from Tejas locks onto that for Firing
Tejas operating from Leh in the winter of 2013, at an altitude of 3,524 m (11,562 ft)
Tejas Aircrafts returning after a Five Aircraft Formation Practice Session prior to Aero India 2011
Tejas at INS Hansa in Goa during Sea Level & Weapon Trials in 2010
3rd October 2017
A Former Project Director Flight Test, NFTC - ADA, a Kargil War Hero, Vayu Sena Medal Awardee and a Veteran Fighter Pilot, he counts himself as one of the fortunate few who get paid for indulging in their favourite activity - flying.
From Para-gliders, microlights, high performance jets to airliners, he has been at the controls of all.
Here he recounts his experiences from the Kargil War, Flying the MiG 21's and Mirage 2000 for more than a decade and then the LCA Tejas as the Project Director during his tenure and the milestones the Tejas achieved.
30th June 2017
The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) - Tejas SP-6 completed its maiden flight from HAL Airport in Bengaluru on Friday, 30th June 2017 with Gp. Capt. K K Venugopal (Retd) on the controls. SP-6 will be the fifth member of the First Squadron of LCA Tejas. SP-5 will be next in line and will also be making its first flight soon.
LCA Tejas was inducted into No. 45 Squadron of Indian Air Force (IAF) on 01 Jul 2016, also called the "Flying Daggers" marking the first anniversary on 1st July 2017.See Photos from Squadron Formation Event Youtube Archive