Rajnath Singh becomes first Defence Minister to fly LCA Tejas fighter jet

Rajnath Singh becomes first Defence Minister to fly LCA Tejas fighter jet
Rajnath Singh becomes first Defence Minister to fly LCA Tejas fighter jet

Union Minister Rajnath Singh, on Thursday, became the first Defence Minister to fly India’s first Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Tejas, when he boarded the aircraft and took off from HAL Airport in Bengaluru. The flight was meant to boost the morale of officers working on the development of the aircraft at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

The defence minister was accompanied by Air Vice- Marshal N Tiwari, who is also project director of the National Flight Test Centre in the Bengaluru-based Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA).

“It was very smooth and comfortable. I enjoyed it. Congratulations to HAL, DRDO and agencies concerned. We have reached a level where we can export fighter planes across the world,” said Rajnath Singh after the 30-minute sortie.

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Air Vice-Marshal N Tiwari said, “Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was very happy with the flying quality of the aircraft. We went close to Mark 1, the speed of sound.” DRDO chief Dr G Satheesh Reddy, who was present at the spot, said, “Raksha Mantri controlled and flew Tejas for some time.” To this, Defence Minister said, “Koi problem nahi, jaise-jaise N Tiwari batate rahe, waise-waise mein karta raha.” (There was no problem; I kept doing whatever N Tiwari said).

-PTC News