India’s new fighter jet Tejas Mark-1A takes first flight in the sky

The Indian Air Force's new fighter jet Tejas Mark-1A took off for 18 minutes on March 28, 2024 from the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

The Indian Air Force’s new fighter jet Tejas Mark-1A took off for 18 minutes on March 28, 2024 from the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) airport in Bengaluru.

About new fighter jet Tejas Mark-1A

  • It has been developed by the Aeronautical Development Agency at the DRDO Lab in Bengaluru.
  • Its taxi trials were conducted at the facility of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.
  • It was piloted by HAL Chief Test Pilot (Fixed Wing) Group Captain (Retd) KK Venugopal.
  • The new Tejas fighter jet (Mark-1A) is the world’s best light combat aircraft.
  • Tejas Mark-1A digital radar alert receiver, advanced electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, advanced visual-range (BVR) air-to-air missiles and external self-protection jammer pod are among the features.
  • Digital fly by wire flight control computer (DFCC) has been installed in Tejas MK-1A fighter jet.
  • Manual flight controls have been removed from the fighter jet and electronic interface has been installed.
  • With this, radar, elevator, aileron, flaps and engine will be controlled electronically.
  • This Mark-1A of Tejas is very small compared to other fighter jets.
  • Tejas MK-1A fighter jet flies at a speed of 2205 km/hour and is capable of carrying 6 types of missiles.
  • Its length is 43.4 feet. Its height is 14.5 feet. Its combat range is 739 kilometers and its ferry range is 3000 kilometers. It can reach a height of 50 thousand feet.
LCA Tejas
Started : Year 1983
First flight: 4 January 2001
Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari had named this fighter aircraft as ‘Tejas’ in the year 2003.

FAQs

When did India’s new fighter jet Tejas Mark-1A fly for the first time?

On 28 March 2024.

Who developed Jet Tejas Mark-1A?

Aeronautical Development Agency.

Currently the world’s best light combat aircraft is?

Tejas Mark-1A.

When did LCA Tejas make its first flight?

4 January 2001

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