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Naval version of LCA Tejas takes off from INS Vikramaditya

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  • January 17, 2020
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Naval version of LCA Tejas takes off from INS Vikramaditya

Part of: GS Prelims Science  & Tech and GS Mains II-Defence 

In news:

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.

LCA Tejas:

  • 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

INS Vikramaditya

  • 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.

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