Indian LCA Tejas fighter jet naval version makes a new development years after being rejected by Indian Navy
NEW DELHI - The naval version of the indigenously-built Light Combat Aircraft link (LCA) successfully took off from the "ski-jump" deck of the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya on 12 January. A video of the takeoff was released on Wednesday by the Indian Navy.
The navy will be conducting about 20 more such tests of arrested landings link and take-offs from the ski-jump deck in the next few days.
With the successful maiden take-off from the ski-jump deck of India’s only aircraft carrier, the light combat aircraft has achieved another milestone, the Indian Navy spokesperson said.
On Sunday, the navy had only released pictures of the take-off.
The naval version of the LCA received a major setback when in December 2016, the then Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba rejected the jet in the form it was in at that time.
The Navy then issued a request for information to buy 57 new fighters to supplement the Russian-built MiG-29Ks that it presently operates.
The Air Force has put in an order for an 83 additional Tejas link. The present air variant is capable of undertaking air defence operations and a conventional ground attack with heavy bombs, Sputnik has reported.