Today, the makers of the aircraft, namely the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) handed over the first plane to the Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha with nineteen more to go….
However this is far from the intended destination. By 2018, the IAF is expected to get the delivery of these twenty aircraft which will undergo user evaluation trials following which further twenty in FINAL OPERATIONAL CLEARANCE standard will be handed over. It is only upon the successful testing by the IAF will the TEJAS become an operational IAF fighter like the MiG 21 is today
TEJAS, MAKERS CLAIM, HAS UPTO 60 PER CENT INDIGENOUS CONTENT
GOVT ADMITTED TO THE PARLIAMENT THAT TEJAS HAS COSTED AROUND RS 8000CR TILL DATE
TEJAS IS POWERED BY US-SUPPLIED F404GEIN20 ENGINES
WHAT THE IAF WANTS?
IAF WANTS MKII OF TEJAS WHICH REMAINS ON DRAWING BOARD
IAF FEELS AIRCRAFT NOT LIGHT ENOUGH
IAF WANTS MORE POWERFUL GE414 ENGINES
IAF SEEKS 14 SQUADRONS I.E 294 AIRCRAFT TO REPLACE THE MIG SERIES AIRCRAFT