India's Carrier Fighter Makes 1st Engine Ground Run, 1st Flight Soon

The carrier variant of India's Tejas fighter made its first Engine Ground Run (EGR) on the September 26 at 1830HRS. It was the programme's first prototype (NP1) that made the run. The engine ground run successfully checked out aircraft to engine integration and activation of systems including flight control, hydraulics, fuel, electrical and avionics.

According to a DRDO statement issued today, "The aircraft will now go through a phase of refinements based on feedback identified during the course of the build up and also observed during the EGR, followed by a series of final integration checks and taxi trials before its maiden flight shortly."
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