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LCA NP-2 First Flight

7th February 2015

The second prototype of the Light Combat Aircraft, the NP-2, flew her maiden flight from HAL Airport in Bengaluru. Piloted by Capt. Shivnath Dahiya (Indian Navy), the aircraft performed flawlessly in the first-flight. The NP-2 was escorted by a chase aircraft piloted by Gp. Capt. Suneet Krishna (retd), flying in the Tejas LSP-2, to observe the landmark first flight.

This flight was a result of the joint effort by all the personnel from HAL, ADA, ADE, NAL, CEMILAC, DGAQA and all associated organizations.

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IAF gets 1st indigenously - built LCA Tejas

17th January 2015

The LCA Tejas Series Production-1 (SP1) was handed over by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to Indian Air Force Chief Air Marshal Arup Raha in Bengaluru.

SP-1 was delivered in the Initial Operation Clearance 2 (IOC-2) configuration released at the end of 2013. The upgraded aircraft is capable of high-angle-of-attack flight, faster turnarounds and deployment of R73E Archer infrared air-to-air missiles and 1,000-lb. laser-guided bombs in air-superiority and offensive air support missions.

A second series-production aircraft is in flight-testing.

Leh Winter Trials

January 2015

With three consecutive start-ups of its engine after overnight soak in extreme cold (around -15ºC) conditions of Ladakh, that too without any external assistance, Tejas, the Indian Light Combat Aircraft has achieved yet another and a rare distinction. Starting the fighter aircraft under such extreme condition without any external assistance or heating is a technology breakthrough. The requirements become further stringent when the starting is to be done three times consecutively with a partially charged battery. Team LCA led by AERD&C of HAL, and members from ADA, NFTC, IAF, CEMILAC and DGAQA have succeeded in achieving this

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LCA Naval Prototype-1 (NP-1) : Maiden Ski Jump

20th December 2014

The first prototype of the light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas Naval Version - LCA NP-1 completed its maiden flight as part of the carrier compatibility tests at the shore-based test facility in Goa on 20th December 2014

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