Tejas to be inducted into IAF by next year


BANGALORE: The indigenous Light Combat Aircraft ‘Tejas’ will be inducted into the Indian Air Force by 2012 and its advanced version will be ready for operational service by the end of 2015.

“LCA Tejas Mk-I would be ready for induction by 2012. The LCA Mk-II would take another three years and would be inducted by 2015,” Defence Minister A K Antony told reporters here today.

Last month, the Tejas had moved a step closer to its induction after it was granted the Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) by the Indian Air Force.

Asked about the possible induction date of the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA), Antony said, “All the difficulties related to the aircraft were over and the preliminary design Contract has also been signed. We hope it will be inducted by 2017.”

Dismissing reports about US offer to India for joining the American fifth generation fighter aircraft programme, the Defence Minister said a decision in this regard has already been taken and there was no question on going back on the deal with Russia in this regard.

“No other country has offered to work with us for jointly developing a fifth generation fighter aircraft,” he added.

On comparison between the Chinese and Indian fifth generation fighters, Antony said the Indian FGFA was the best aircraft in the world to meet the requirements of the country’s armed forces.

On the programme to jointly develop a multirole transport aircraft with Russia, he said the programme was cleared four years ago by the Defence Acquisitions Council (DAC) and all formalities in this regard have been completed.

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