Tejas-SP3 Joins first squadron of Tejas in Indian Air Force (IAF).
Outgoing Indian Air Force Air chief marshal Arup Raha has confirmed that third series production Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas-SP3, which completed its first flight in September earlier this year has been handed over to first Tejas squadron by HAL.
On July 1 this year, IAF raised the first squadron of Tejas which saw induction of Tejas-SP1 and SP2 into Indian Air Force for active duties and SP3 now makes it third aircraft in the squadron and fourth (SP4) likely to make its first flight by March 2017 and to be handed over to IAF by June later in 2017 as per sources close to idrw.org .
As per Orginal plans, IAF wanted to induct Tejas-SP3 before the Air Force Day (October 8) but missed the days due to pending sorties which were mandatory required to be cleared before the aircraft could be handed over to Indian Air force leading to delays. HAL plans to streamline LCA-Tejas Production and each aircraft after three successful sorties by HAL test pilots will be handed over to Indian air force in future so that turnaround time from first flight to product delivery to Indian air force happens in less than two-weeks period.
At present each Production LCA-Tejas requires Six months to be manufactured but by FY2017-18 HAL plans to reduce it to just 45 days so that first LCA-Tejas Squadron is completed by mid of 2018. NOTE : Article cannot be reproduced without written pe