12 Jul '18, 3pm

HAL readies Tejas SP-10 for first flight

HAL readies Tejas SP-10 for first flight

The 10th series production fighter (SP-10) from Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas production line is ready. It has completed the full performance engine ground run. Weather-permitting, the low and high speed taxi trials are lined up next leading to its first flight soon. The SP-10 will be likely to be piloted by Air Cmde K A Muthanna (Retd) or Gp Capt K K Venugopal (Retd), both Test Pilots with the National Flight Testing Centre here. Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), under immense pressure from various quarters to scale up the production rate, needs to deliver 16 aircraft to IAF this financial year. The LCA Division, the youngest of all units in HAL, is hopeful that the delivery schedules will be accelerated in the months to come. HAL has a second Tejas line too running at its Aircraft Divisio,n which is working on SP-11, Sp-13 and SP-15. This division has been entrusted w...

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