India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), also known as Teja participated in the Bahrain International Air Show 2016 this Thursday. It was its first appearance at a foreign air show.
LCA Teja program dates back to 1984. The aircraft is designed and developed by Aeronautical Development Agency with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd and Defence Research and Development Organisation.
The jet fighter is yet to enter into the Indian Air Force. Test pilots have done more than 3,000 flights on the fighter. However, the plane still awaits Final Operational Clearance (FOC). Under Modi’s ‘Make in India’ drive, the IAF has ordered six squadrons (roughly 120 aircraft) of Tejas Mark-1A. However, there is no certainty over the induction schedule.