Naval version of LCA Tejas takes off from INS Vikramaditya
Part of: GS Prelims Science & Tech and GS Mains II-Defence
A naval prototype of the homegrown Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas successfully took off from the deck of Indian Navy’s sole aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya
From Prelims Point of view:
- India is now among a select group of countries that have the capability to design a fighter jet that can operate from an aircraft carrier.
- Tejas is a Light Combat Aircraft developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation’s Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) in coordination with the Aircraft Research and Design Centre of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd
- Single-engine, delta wing, multirole light fighter
- The country’s most powerful aircraft carrier.
- It was built in 1987 and had served the Soviet navy
- It can carry over 30 aircraft comprising MiG-29Ks, Kamov-28s, Kamov-31s, ALH-Dhruv and Chetak helicopters.
- It was retrofitted with a Barak missile system under joint development with Israel.
- It is based at its home port at Karwar in Karnataka.