In pics: PM Narendra Modi takes a sortie in Tejas Fighter Jet
New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday took a sortie on the indigenously built light combat fighter aircraft Tejas in Bengaluru-based defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.
Mr. PM shared a bunch of pictures on social media showcasing moments from the time he spent with Tejas. "Successfully completed a sortie on the Tejas. The experience was incredibly enriching, significantly bolstering my confidence in our country's indigenous capabilities, and leaving me with a renewed sense of pride and optimism about our national potential," Prime Minister Modi tweeted.
Generally, Tejas fighter jet is a single seat aircraft but Prime Minister Narendra Modi went for a flight in a two-seater plane operated by the Air Force and the Navy.
The Indian Air Force presently operates 40 Tejas MK-1 aircraft and the IAF has 83 Tejas MK-1A fighters on order in a deal worth ₹ 36,468 crore.
Earlier this month, the LCA Tejas aircraft had taken part in Dubai Air Show. The LCA was built by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and was primarily designed for the Indian Air Force but a Naval variant of the Tejas is being tested to undertake Ground Maritime Operations.