Bengaluru (Karnataka): The Indian Air Force (IAF) has inducted Made in India first squadron of home ground indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas on Friday.
The state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has handed over first two Tejas aircraft to IAF which will make-up the Flying Daggers 45’, the name of the first squadron of the LCA.
The first LCA squadron will be based in Karnataka’s capital Bengaluru for two years before shifting to Sulur in Tamil Nadu said an IAF officer.
After starting with two aircraft, the regiment will get six more jets by 2017.
The IAF mentioned that these LCA are more superior then Pakistan’s JF-17 which was jointly built with China.
The officials had said that the indigenous jet fighter, which is still to get full operational clearance; is expected to get into combat role next year.
The Flying Daggers 45 has credit for shooting down of a Pakistan naval surveillance aircraft in 1999, about 300 km in northeast of Karachi, killing all 16 people on board.
The squadron, which was based at Nalia air base in Gujarat, was flying the MIG-21 Bis at that time.
The first Tejas squadron will consist of 20 aircraft, with four in reserve.