Two Tejas fighter planes on Friday were inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF). These are 10 things to know about our Tejas:
- State-run HAL handed over the first two Tejas aircraft to IAF at a ceremony preceded by inter-faith prayers at the Aircraft System Testing Establishment in Bengaluru.
- The Tejas squadron has been named the ‘Flying Daggers’.
- Group Captain M Rangachari will be the first Commanding Officer of the ‘Flying Daggers’ squadron. He will have seven officers under him initially, 42 air warriors and about 20 non-commissioned officers.
- Six more Tejas jets will be added to the squadron by the end of this financial year.
- The aircraft was named “Tejas” (meaning radiance in Sanskrit) by Atal Bihari Vajpayee when he was the Prime Minister.
- Tejas fighters enter Air Force 33 years after the project was conceived.
- The ‘Flying Daggers’ squadron will be based in Bengaluru for the first two years before it is moved to Sulur in Tamil Nadu.
- All squadrons of Tejas will be made up of 20 planes in total, including four in reserve.
- The upgraded version of Tejas, with Active Electrically Scanned Array Radar, Unified Electronic Warfare Suite, mid-air refuelling capacity and advanced beyond the vision range missiles, will cost between Rs 275 crore and Rs 300 crore.
- Tejas will eventually replace the ageing fleet of MiG-21 planes.
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