IAF to get Tejas fighter in March 2015

Indian Air Force will finally get its first indigenously being developed Tejas fighter in March 2015. The first of IOC standard aircraft has been built and successfully completed its maiden flight on September 30 this year. The first 20 aircrafts will be built by 2017-2018. The fighter's final operational clearance (FOC) to make it combat-ready — with integration of all weapons like guns, laser-guided bombs and BVR (beyond visual range) missiles as well capable of air-to-air refuelling - is delayed and likely to be achieved by end of 2015. Also the Tejas Mark-II, the fighter IAF really wants with more powerful engines for greater thrust and drag reduction, will start to come only by 2021-2022.

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