India LCA moment arrives

Bangalore: At 10.30am Monday, all eyes will be trained on Bangalore`s skies as India`s first homegrown aircraft powers out on its maiden journey. The indigenous Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), vilified for more than 20 years, will take off on completely Indian wings and many prayers.

It will be a historic moment for the Indian aerospace industry and a proud day for aerospace city Bangalore.
Defence minister A K Antony, his ministry, the defence top brass and a battery of aerospace experts will witness the launch at the HAL airport. The aircraft, costing Rs 17,000 cr, will be flown by an IAF test pilot and is likely to be in the air for 20-35 minutes.

India`s first supersonic fighter aircraft, though nurtured in Bangalore, will be flying on an American engine. Bangalore is central to its development —the aircraft was conceived, designed, developed, tested and certified by Aeronautical Development Agency, and manufactured and assembled by HAL.

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