Aeronautical Development Agency Current Affairs - 2019
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Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has scripted history by becoming first Defence Minister to fly Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) ‘Tejas’, an indigenously-built multi-role fighter aircraft. He undertook 30-minute sortie in LCA Tejas along with Air Vice Marshall Narmdeshwar Tiwari, at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Airport in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
Defence Minister even controlled ‘Tejas’ in the air for some time and was shown Avionics and Sophisticated Systems onboard the aircraft.
About Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas
It is fourth-generation fighter aircraft with several critical capabilities and is thus meant to strengthen India’s air defence capabilities.
It is an indigenous light weight, multi role supersonic fighter aircraft developed in both fighter and trainer versions. To reduce weight and increase component of LCA Tejas, life Advanced materials such as composites are used in its manufacture.
It is designed to carry a veritable plethora of air-to-air, air-to- surface, precision guided as well as standoff weaponry.
It has been developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA).
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The First ever arrested landing of Naval variant of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, a 4.5 generation, light weight, multirole fighter was successfully executed at the Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF), INS Hansa in Goa. This will pave the way for this Indigenous platform to undertake Aircraft Carrier landing demonstration on board the Indian Naval Aircraft Carrier, Vikramaditya.
The LCA (Navy) Flight Test Team was led by Cmde J A Maolankar (Chief Test Pilot), Capt Shivnath Dahiya (LSO) and Cdr J D Raturi (Test Director).
They successfully executed a text book arrested landing that heralds the arrival of true indigenous capability and displays professional prowess of our scientific community Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) embedded with design and build capability of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Aircraft Research and Design Centre (ARDC), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Labs involved in executing this land mark event.
Other Participants– Certification Agency (CEMILAC), Quality Agency (DGAQA) and all the men and women on the ground who serviced the aircraft and monitored it during strenuous trails.
Besides marking the beginning of a new era where multiple agencies have come together to achieve a common goal, this event has also put India on the world map as a country with capability to design a deck landing aircraft.
What is Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF)?
SBTF replicates the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. It was built to train naval pilots in complex manoeuvres of landing on short flight deck of an aircraft carrier before they move on to actual carrier.