In its first, India’s indigenously-built naval variant of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas on Friday made a successful “arrested landing” in Goa.
With the successful short landing, the fighter jet took a step forward to achieve a major milestone. “This is a step towards the aircraft getting operational on aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya,” ANI tweeted.
#WATCH DRDO and the Aeronautical Development Agency successfully executed the first ever arrested landing of LCA Tejas (Navy) at the shore based test facility in Goa. This is a step towards the aircraft getting operational on aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya. (video:DRDO) pic.twitter.com/LcsnIYTHPU
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The test was carried out under the supervision of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Aeronautical Development Agency at the shore-based test facility in Goa, ANI reported.
Military officials involved in the test said that the success has put India among a select group of nations having the capability to design a jet which can land on an aircraft carrier.
Officials said that the test demonstrated the aircraft’s ability to halt at a short distance using wires attached to a hook mounted on its fuselage after landing.
“Today is a golden letter day in the history of Indian naval aviation,” the Defence Ministry said in a statement.
“The test at the INS Hansa in Goa paved the way for the aircraft to undertake aircraft carrier landing demonstration on board the Indian Naval aircraft carrier Vikramaditya,” the Defence Ministry said.
The fighter jet Tejas, which has been developed for the Indian Air Force (IAF), also has a naval version – LCA (Navy) which is in development stage.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) inducted a batch of Tejas aircraft earlier this year.
Initially, an order was placed with the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for 40 Tejas aircraft.
Last year, the IAF issued the request for proposal (RFP) to HAL for the procurement of another batch of 83 Tejas at a cost of over Rs 50,000 crore.
(With inputs from PTI)