Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas
In the news after India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh undertook a maiden sortie on a Tejas Light Combat Aircraft.
➢ Developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA).
➢ The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) programme, which began in the 1980s to replace India's aging MiG- 21 fighters. In 2003, the LCA was officially named "Tejas".
➢ It is fourth-generation fighter aircraft with several critical capabilities and is thus meant to strengthen India’s air defence capabilities.
➢ It is an indigenous light weight, multi role supersonic fighter aircraft developed in both fighter and trainer versions. To reduce weight and increase component of LCA Tejas, life Advanced materials such as composites are used in its manufacture.
➢ It is designed to carry a veritable plethora of air-to-air, air-to- surface, precision guided as well as standoff weaponry.