The first Tejas squadron has been christened 31 years after the aircraft was first conceived.

The Tejas is an Indian single-seat, single-jet engine, multi-role light fighter designed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. The aircraft has a tail-less delta-wing configuration. It is the smallest and lightest in its class of contemporary supersonic combat aircraft.

The jet has been long delayed by technological hurdles US sanctions imposed after India carried out nuclear tests in 1998 further stalled development of the jet.

The Tejas is the second supersonic fighter developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited after the Marut.

As of 2016 the Tejas MK1 was in production for the Indian Air Force and the naval version was undergoing flight tests for Indian Navy. The projected requirement for IAF is 200 single-seat fighters and 20 twin-seat trainers, while the IN expects to operate 40 single-seat fighters.

The first Tejas IAF squadron christened the 45 squadron or the Flying Daggers has been formed with two aircrafts. Initially being stationed at Bengaluru, the first squadron will be placed at its home base at Sulur, Tamil Nadu.

The aircraft is not fully indigenous. Out of a total of thirty five major avionics components, three involve foreign systems. These are the multi-function displays by Sextant (France) and Elbit (Israel), the helmet-mounted display and sight cueing system by Elbit and the laser pod supplied by Rafael (Israel).

Production aircraft are expected to have MFDs from Indian suppliers. A few important items of equipment (such as the Martin-Baker ejection seat) have been imported from the United Kingdom.

As a consequence of the embargo imposed on India after its nuclear weapons tests in May 1998, many items originally planned to be imported were instead developed locally.

 

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Rob Martin
5 years ago

Is it just me or does it have a passing resemblance to the Saab Draken?

Thomas Dewhurst
5 years ago
Reply to  Rob Martin

That’s what I thought!

Kevin Blaze
5 years ago
Reply to  Rob Martin

There is no official patent on Delta Configurated Fighter

Noor Alam
5 years ago
Reply to  Rob Martin

Wtf? Draken Delta wing design is way different.

UK Defence Journal
5 years ago
Reply to  Rob Martin

No one suggested there was Kevin.

Kevin Blaze
5 years ago
Reply to  Rob Martin

Hmmm

Kanwar Sohal
5 years ago
Reply to  Rob Martin

In 1980’s French helped with the design of the aircraft that’s why it looks Mirage

James Mascarenhas
5 years ago

And the engine (General Electric F404) which is procured from USA.

Ali Muhammad
5 years ago

Lols…if its 31 years old project..they must have sketched 2 gen jet…

Shubha
Shubha
5 years ago

Not 31 yr. Plan for develop a fighter started 80s .but fund allotted in 93 .. after this in 2001 tejas first flight complete. .
Tejas is light multirole 4 gen fighter. .small and used composite materials. .
It’s a good 4 gen fighter. .

Shubhadip Mondal
5 years ago

Not 31 yr. Plan for develop a fighter started 80s .but fund allotted in 93 .. after this in 2001 tejas first flight complete. .
Tejas is light multirole 4 gen fighter. .small and used composite materials. .
It’s a good 4 gen fighter.

Spitfire
Spitfire
5 years ago

Looks very out-dated to me ?