The indigenously built and developed LCA (Light Combat Aircraft) Taejas is set for final induction after passing all the tests, reports a top official on Monday.
In a radio interview, DRDO Chairman G Satheesh Reddy said that “LCA Tejas and Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&CS) are on final induction after going through all the tests.”
Celebrating the DRDO Day, Mr. Reddy told state-run AIR (All India Radio) that the DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) was set up in 1958 with only 10 labs to enhance the work related to research in the Defence sector.
Mr. Reddy continued that “though the country is self-reliant in missiles, radars, Sonars, torpedoes and other systems, the DRDO has been working over the years to develop state-of-the-art weapon system for the armed forces.”
Developed and designed by DRDO’s ADA (Aeronautical Development Agency) and built by the state-run HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd), Tejas is a supersonic fourth generation fighter for final induction in the IAF (Indian Air Force) fleet and its variant in the Indian Navy.
Therefore, pending FOC (Final Operational Clearance) for its weaponized version, the IAF has formed the first Tejas unit, named No. 45 Squadron IAF “Flying Daggers” with two aircraft on July 1, 2016.
DRDO building is the 6th generation AEW&Cs on the Airbus platform with the aim to develop surveillance and detection with longer range and complete view for IAF.
This platform will have 300 km long range and 360-degree angle of coverage, which is against 240-degree angle and 200 km range of the AEW&Cs and DRDO was built on the Brazilian Embraer-145 modified jet for the IAF in the past.
Over the years, DRDO has developed in multi-directionally in terms of subject disciplines, achievements, number of laboratories and stature.
DRDO mentioned in its official website that “Presently, over 50 labs are engaged in developing defence technologies covering aeronautics, armaments, electronics, combat vehicles, engineering systems, instrumentation, missiles, advanced computing, and simulation.”
Over 500 scientists and 25000 supporting staffs, the behemoth has executed major projects with the aim to develop armaments, missiles, radars, LCAs, and electronic warfare systems.