A prototype of the naval version of the light combat aircraft landed and took off from the India’s sole aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya today (11 Jan) in a significant step towards India developing its own deck-based fighters. This is the first time the Naval Tejas landed on the aircraft carrier.
The naval version of the LCA successfully executed its first-ever arrested landing at a shore-based test facility in Goa. It is the naval version of the locally built Tejas fighter aircraft that the Indian Air Force is inducting.
The test is conducted in Arabian Sea.
“After completing extensive trials on the Shore Based Test Facility, DRDO, ADA developed LCA Navy did an arrested landing on INS Vikramaditya succesfully today 11 jan 2020 at 10:02 hours. Commodore Jaideep Maolankar did the maiden landing,” the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) tweeted.
The INS Vikramaditya, commissioned into the Indian Navy in November 2013, The ship has a total of 22 decks and it has the ability to carry over 36 aircraft comprising an assortment of MiG 29K/Sea Harrier, Kamov 31, Kamov 28, Sea King, ALH-Dhruv and Chetak helicopters.
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