Fetching series of applause one after the other, the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has got it all of it now. After bagging the title of making the highest profit in the past 4 years, HAL has now been approved to manufacture weaponized version of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas for the Indian Air Force and the first such aircraft is expected to be out by the end of the year.
As reported by the Company spokesperson, “The Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC) has given the green signal to start manufacturing of Tejas Mk1 under Final Operational Clearance (FOC) configuration”.
“The actual final operational clearance, however, will take place only after extensive tests and trial,” the HAL spokesperson said.
Including a wide series of requirements, the aircraft will have to fulfill a certain set of features in order to be approved further. To get the final operational clearance, the aircraft must have battle-time capabilities of mid-air refuelling, AESA radar, electronic warfare suites, a variety of bombs and weapons, among others. These added factors will end up making the aircraft suitable for the Indian Air Force and its operations.
What adds to the good news is the further reports of the official. The CEMILAC, which is a DRDO authorised laboratory that holds the authority to certify and approve military aircraft and airborne systems manufactured, had accepted the design documents submitted by Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), which had designed and developed Tejas.
With improvised techniques of manufacturing, in the hands of Indian manufacturing firms adds to the glory of Indian Air Force and the rest of the armed forces serving the nation. Encouraging the theme of Make In India under the guidance of PM Narendra Modi has undoubtedly made its own way, mapping better manufacturing by Indian firms.
“The IAF has ordered 40 LCA aircraft. Of this, 20 will be FOC-configured. Another 20 are IOC (Initial Operational Clearance)-configured. Some 10 to 11 IOC-configured Tejas have been given to the IAF, which flies them to get acquainted with the LCA’s competencies,”the HAL spokesperson said.
Source: Republic World