Coimbatore: The Indian Air Pressure (IAF) on Wednesday operationalised its no.18 Squadron, the “Flying Bullets”, at Sulur close to right here, equipping it with the fourth technology Mk1 LCA (Gentle Fight Plane) Tejas.
The indigenous tailless compound delta wing plane was inducted at an official ceremony within the presence of Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria on the Sulur Air Pressure Station.
The No.18 Squadron would be the second one to have the home-made Tejas, after the 45 Squadron based mostly right here.
An all-faith prayer was held and a coconut damaged to mark the induction of Tejas right this moment.
The No 18 Squadron, fashioned in 1965 with the motto “Teevra aur Nirbhaya” which means “Swift and Fearless,” was earlier flying MiG 27 plane.
The Squadron “actively participated” within the 1971 struggle with Pakistan.
The Squadron was “resurrected” on April 1 this yr at Sulur.
Tejas is provided with fly-by-wire flight management system, built-in digital avionics and multimode radar, whereas its construction is product of composite materials.
It is usually the “lightest and smallest” in its group of fourth technology supersonic fight plane,” a Defence launch on Monday stated.
IAF chief Bhadauria flies Tejas single-seater plane at Sulur airbase
Chief of Air Employees Air Chief Marshal R Ok S Bhadauria flew a Tejas single-seater mild fight plane on the Sulur air pressure station on Wednesday.
Officers stated Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria, who labored with the crew that developed the Tejas jet, flew the plane which is a part of the IAF’s 45 Squadron.
The Chief of Air Employees was in Sulur to operationalise the IAF’s 18 Squadron, which is codenamed as ‘Flying Bullets’. It will likely be the second squadron within the Indian Air Pressure to fly the Tejas plane.
The Tejas has been developed by the Aeronautical Growth Company and the HAL. The lifespan of the jet can be a minimal of 30 years identical to another front-line fight plane.
The fight jets are labeled below numerous generations relying on their avionics, functionality and weapons techniques. The present fleet of fighter jets with the IAF vary from three-and-half technology to the fourth technology.
The Indian Air Pressure has already positioned an order for 40 Tejas and is more likely to seal a contract “very soon” with HAL for one more 83 plane at a price of round Rs 38,000 crore.
A naval model of the Tejas mild fight plane is in growth stage.
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