Rajnath Singh Becomes First Defense Minister To Fly Tejas: Tweets

On Thursday Defence minister Rajnath Singh fly Tejas fighter aircraft from the HAL airport in Bengaluru, becoming the first defence minister to fly in the indigenously-built light combat aircraft (LCA).
He was accompanied by Air Vice Marshal N Tiwari, who is also the project director, National Flight Test Centre, ADA (Aeronautical Development Agency) in Bengaluru.

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HIGHLIGHTS Of Rajnath Singh Fly Tejas:

  • On 19th September Rajnath Singh fly Tejas fighter aircraft from the HAL airport in Bengaluru
  • He became the first defence minister to fly in the indigenously-built light combat aircraft (LCA)
  • He was accompanied by Air Vice Marshal N Tiwari, project director, National Flight Test Centre in Bengaluru

A Defence Ministry official had said on Wednesday that the minister would be “taking a sortie” to boost the morale of officers who have been involved in the development of “indigenously-made Tejas”. “It will also boost the morale of IAF pilots who are flying these aircraft,” the official had said.


The IAF has already inducted a batch of Tejas aircraft. The naval version of the LCA is in the development stage.

Last Friday in Goa, Tejas had successfully carried out an “arrested landing”, a key performance demonstrating its ability to land on board an aircraft carrier, making it a major milestone in the development of the naval variant of the fighter jet.

Singh would also be attending an exhibition of products of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Bengaluru on Thursday, he had said.


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