LCA Tejas, the much-awaited indigenously developed light weight multi-role combat aircraft, will now be put to test in the forthcoming air exercise “Iron Fist”, to be held in February in Pokhran of Jaisalmer.
The LCA Tejas will display its capabilities in the exercise, where its lethality, endurance and precision will be tested, Air Marshal Anjan Kumar Gogoi, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, South-Western Air command, said at a press conference here.
If the supersonic fighter is found performing successfully on every parameter in this exercise, its first squadron will be deployed by Indian Air Force (IAF) in Bangalore, he said.
This will be the first demonstration of strength by LCA Tejas after it recently completed weapon trials in preparation for its operational clearance and now planned to be finally cleared for operational service after this exercise.
LCA Tejas first achieved its initial operational clearance (IOC) in January 2011. LCA Tejas has completed 1963 flight tests successfully as of Dec 21, 2012. LCA Tejas is expected to make its final operational clearance (FOC) in 2013.