February 8, 2023

India Flight Tested Tejas Mk 1A Fighter Jet Variant


India has been conducting flight trials of the Mk 1A variant of its domestically developed light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas.

The trials of the Mk 1A are largely being conducted in secret as HAL said that the trials are part of the production project.

This aircraft has been modified to the Mk 1A standard and will serve as the test platform for the production line of Mk 1As.

On 13 January 2021 the Indian government approved the acquisition of 73 Tejas Mk 1A fighter aircraft and 10 LCA Tejas Mk 1.

HAL is required to deliver the first three aircraft in 2024 and 16 aircraft annually for the next five years.

The Mk 1A is a programme intended for improving the operational capabilities of the Tejas, based on feedback from the IAF.

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