New Delhi, January 11: The Naval Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas on Saturday became the first indigenous fighter jet to make a successful landing on the aircraft carrier - INS Vikramaditya. The test exercise was carried by Indian Navy officials under the watch of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) officials. Indian Navy Deploys Aircraft Carrier INS Vikramaditya in Arabian Sea Amid China-Pak Naval Drill.
The landing exercise was carried out at a shore-based test facility in Goa. Officials involved in the exercise said it took just 87 metres for the jet to take full halt after landing on the deck of INS Vikramaditya.
The Tejas aircraft has been developed by the DRDO, without any foreign expertise. The fighter aircraft is expected to launch its maiden takeoff from INS Vikramaditya in the next few days.
Update by ANI
The Naval Light Combat Aircraft made its first successful landing on the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)-developed fighter aircraft is expected to attempt its maiden take off from the carrier soon. https://t.co/6n4ntkQXul pic.twitter.com/M1YMfMd6pk
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The successful testing of LCA Tejas comes less than two months after the Navy tested a night-time variant of the combat aircraft in Goa. The aircraft had then succeeded in making a successful arrested landing.
About LCA Tejas
A light combat aircraft is a light multirole jet military aircraft mostly coming from advanced trainers that have been modified or designed for engaging in light combat missions, either in light strike or attack missions, reconnaissance or interdiction roles while some keeping its trainer role.HAL has developed LCA Tejas for the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Navy.