Indian Air Force has deployed Light Combat Aircraft Tejas along Pakistan border
LCA Tejas has recently been inducted in Indian Air Force 45 Squadron, Flying Daggers
On August 15, PM Modi had praised LCA Tejas during his Independence Day speech
PM Modi had announced that the deal to buy the LCA Tejas Mark1A version was expected to be completed soon
New Delhi: (Defence News) In a significant development Indian Air Force has deployed LCA Tejas along Pakistan border, news agency ANI reported. IAF has deployed the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas on the western front along the Pakistan border in view of the tensions with China on the Ladakh front. "The LCA Tejas was deployed by the Indian Air Force on the western front close to the Pakistan border to take care of any possible action by the adversary there," the agency reported based on a government source.
The first LCA Tejas squadron, 45 Squadron (Flying Daggers) based out of Sulur under the Southern Air Command, has been deployed in an operational role along the Pakistan border in a major achievement for the indigenous fighter aircraft programme. The indigenous Tejas aircraft had been praised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Independence Day speech where he had stated that the deal to buy the LCA Mark1A version was expected to be completed soon.
While the first squadron of the planes is of the Initial Operational Clearance version, the second 18 Squadron 'Flying Bullets' is of the Final Operational Clearance version and was operationalized by the IAF chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria at the Sulur airbase on May 27.
The Indian Air Force and the Defence Ministry are expected to finalise the deal for the 83 Mark1A aircraft by the end of this year. In view of the Chinese aggression on the borders, the IAF had deployed its assets all along the borders with both China and Pakistan.
The forward airbases of the force have been equipped to take care of situations along the western and northern fronts and have seen extensive flying operations in the recent past, including both daytime and night operations.
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