LCA Programme To Get Status Check By Defence Minister Tomorrow

Indian Defence Minister AK Antony is scheduled to visit Bangalore tomorrow, during which he will witness a 20-minute flight between 10.30-10.50AM of one of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas prototypes in flight. He will receive a briefing on the status of the programme from HAL chairman Ashok Nayak and senior officials of the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA). Note, the LCA is to achieve initial operational clearance (IOC) this year. The minister will also, notably, inaugurate a digital flight control computer facility at Bharat Electronics Ltd's Bangalore complex and a system test and integration rig for India's indigenous airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) system at the Centre for Airborne Systems. EADS has confirmed that its consultancy to bring the air force version of the LCA up to speed on its flight trials schedule is active and a team has been embedded in Bangalore for the purpose. Updates and photos tomorrow.

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