Tejas Mark 1A likely to be in new squadron at Indian Air Force op base
This has been indicated by IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari after the Managing Director of the plane maker Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) assured deliveries of TEJAS MK-1A would commence by February 2024.
The Ministry of Defence said: “With timely deliveries of the more capable variant, the TEJAS MK-1A is likely to see increased deployments at forward bases.” Over the next two years, all three squadrons of the Soviet-era MiG-21 fighter jets will retire. The Jaguar, MiG-29 and Mirage-2000 jet fleets — all inducted during the 1980s — are slated to retire in batches beyond 2029-30.
Production of 83 TEJAS MK-1A jets is scheduled to be followed by 130 TEJAS MK-2 jets; 126 jets of the advanced medium combat aircraft (AMCA) and another order of 50 jets of TEJAS MK-1A is expected.
TEJAS Test-Fires Indigenous Missile
The light combat aircraft (LCA) on Wednesday successfully fired the ASTRA indigenous BVR air-to-air missile off the coast of Goa. “All the objectives of the test were met and it was a perfect text book launch,” the Ministry of Defence said.