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HAL produced FOC standard LCAs join IAF stable

This aircraft (FOC standard LCA Tejas) comes with Air-to-Air refuelling capability, close combat gun, additional drop tanks, BVR missile capability, updated avionics and flight control software suite

Bengaluru: HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) produced FOC standard LCA Tejas has been inducted into IAF Squadron ‘The Flying Bullets’ at a function at Sulur (Tamil Nadu) on Wednesday, marking another milestone for the company. “We are proud to deliver a much lethal aircraft than the IOC block. Apart from all the capabilities of IOC aircraft, the FOC variant additionally comes with Air-to-Air refuelling capability, close combat gun, additional drop tanks, BVR missile capability, updated avionics and flight control software suite”, says HAL's CMD R Madhavan.

“We are proud to deliver a much lethal aircraft than the IOC block. Apart from all the capabilities of IOC aircraft, the FOC variant additionally comes with Air-to-Air refuelling capability, close combat gun, additional drop tanks, BVR missile capability, updated avionics and flight control software suite:” HAL's CMD R Madhavan

HAL produced FOC standard LCA Tejas

The FOC variant will reduce the maintenance man-hours and turn-around time resulting in enhanced support for IAF missions. Four more FOC-LCAs are in the advanced stages of production and testing and expected to join the Squadron soon. HAL commenced the training for both aircrew as well as a maintenance crew for FOC aircraft and the first batch of trained air warriors are already with the 18 Squadron.