*PANAJI: Even after three decades of development, India still struggles to put the indigenous Tejas Fighter Jet into the operation service with the Indian Air Force.*
The Pakistani JF 17 thunder jet which entered the development process after two decades of the Tejas is already in service for over 10 years now.
India is developing an indigenous fighter for Indian Navy's aircraft carriers, the Light Combat Aircraft Tejas Navy was on Friday making a wire-arrested landing at Goa's Shore-based Test Facility (SBTF) INS Hansa.
Calling the maiden arrested landing of LCA Navy, a "golden letter day" in the history of Indian Naval Aviation, the DRDO said the development has put the country on the world map with the capability to develop a deck landing aircraft.
"Today, the first-ever arrested landing of LCA (Navy) at the shore-based test facility, INS Hansa Goa will pave the way for this Indigenous platform to undertake Aircraft Carrier landing demonstration onboard the Indian Naval Aircraft Carrier, Vikramaditya," said DRDO.
"After several years of flight testing and four campaigns of dedicated testing at Shore Based Test facility Goa, today the LCA (Navy) Flight Test Team led by Commodore JA Maolankar (Chief Test Pilot), Captain Shivnath Dahiya (LSO) and Commander JD Raturi (Test Director) successfully executed a textbook arrested landing at the Shore Based Test Facility, INS Hansa, Goa.
This arrested landing heralds the arrival of true indigenous capability and displays the professional prowess of our scientific community Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) embeded with design plus build capability of HAL(ARDC), DRDO and CSIR Labs involved in executing this landmark event," the defence agency said.