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IAF chief flies Tejas as air force inducts 2nd LCA squadron

Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Hemant Waje
May 27, 2020 14:28 IST
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The Indian Air Force on Wednesday operationalised its no.18 Squadron, the "Flying Bullets", at Sulur near Coimbatore, equipping it with the fourth generation Mk1 LCA (Light Combat Aircraft) Tejas.

The indigenous tailless compound delta wing aircraft was inducted at an official ceremony in the presence of Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria at the Sulur Air Force Station.

 

The No.18 Squadron will be the second one to have the home-made Tejas, after the 45 Squadron based in Coimbatore.

An all-faith prayer was held and a coconut broken to mark the induction of Tejas.

WATCH: Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria flies LCA Tejas fighter 

The No 18 Squadron, formed in 1965 with the motto "Teevra aur Nirbhaya" meaning "Swift and Fearless," was earlier flying MiG 27 aircraft.

The squadron "actively participated" in the 1971 war with Pakistan.

The squadron was "resurrected" on April 1 this year at Sulur.

Tejas is equipped with fly-by-wire flight control system, integrated digital avionics and multimode radar, while its structure is made of composite material.

It is also the "lightest and smallest" in its group of fourth generation supersonic combat aircraft," a defence release on Monday said.

IMAGES: Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria flies the LCA Tejas fighter . Photographs: @IAF_MCC/Twitter
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