Indian Air Force embarrassed by indigenous built Tejas fighter jet during largest ever military exercise
NEW DELHI - Light Combat Aircraft Tejas, built by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), was inducted into the Indian Air Force in July 2016. However IAF was embarrassed as Tejas fighter jet developed problems during the largest military exercise of IAF which was admitted by the IAF Chief.
It was also pressed into service during the Air Force drill "Gaganshakti 2018" held this month.
Asked whether there were issues regarding Tejas during the exercise, Indian Air Force Chief Dhanoa responded in the affirmative.
He said this could be because of moving the jets from Bengaluru, which has a temperate climate, to hot desert during the operation.
Replying to another question on whether Tejas can be compared to Rafale, the Air Force Chief said every fighter jet has different capability.
"If all the fighter (jets) of the Indian Airforce were high-end fighters then we have to be very rich. You got to have fighter jets which are high end and medium capability and low-end. So, Tejas comes in the medium capability aircraft (category)," he said.
Dhanoa added that the Air Force is moving towards making the aircraft better.