IAF chief flies Tejas trainer in Bengaluru

Bengaluru, May 17 (IANS) The IAF chief, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, on Tuesday flew a trainer version of the indigenous Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA) over the city under a cloudy sky, an official said.

“Air Chief Marshal Raha flew in a Tejas trainer (PV-6) for around 30 minutes to check its capabilities and landed safely at the HAL airport along with Group captain M. Rangachari,” IAF spokesman Wing Commander Anupam Banerjee told IANS here.

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Air Chief Marshal Raha became the first IAF chief to fly the fighter, designed and developed by the state-run Aeronautics Development Agency (ADA) and built by defence behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) here.

“It’s a good aircraft to fly and fit to be inducted into our fleet,” the air chief said on landing at the Aircraft Systems Testing Establishment here.

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