IAF finally inducted home grown multirole fighter jet HAL Tejas. After taking almost 3 decades of time in developing a fighter jet the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) was finally reached IAF. IAF has reactivated “Flying Daggers 45” squadron that was previously deactivated due to phasing out of MiG-21s.
Indian Air Force (IAF) took delivery of two Tejas MK1 IOC2 configuration aircraft and activated the squadron. All remaining aircrafts to complete the squadron will be delivered by 2018.
In a ceremony held on July 01 at Bengaluru Indian Air Force inducted Tejas. The Flying Daggers squadron will have the SP-1 and SP-2 versions of Tejas. The squadron is expected to reach full strength by 2018-2020. Six more Tejas fighters are expected to be inducted into the squadron by the end of the current financial year.
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.
Dr Kota Harinarayana, termed the father of LCA, said decades of hard work and learning have finally paid off.
Air Marshal Jasbir Walia, Air Officer Commanding-in Chief of the Air Force’s Southern Command and Deputy Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Baduria were also present on Friday, filling in for Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha , who had flown in the Tejas last month and said the plane is fit for induction.