Saturday, November 08, 2014

Tejas Trainer Prototype PV6 Takes Off

MoD STATEMENT: The Light Combat Aircraft(LCA)  Tejas Programme witnessed yet another milestone today with the first flight of its trainer PV6. The two-seater version took to the skies at 1336 hrs and was piloted by Gr Capt Vivart Singh along with Gp Capt Anoop Kabadwal. This is the 16th Tejas variant to have flown as part of the project.

The aim of this flight was to check the twin cockpit functionality which is similar to series production two- seater aircraft. All systems functioned as expected during the 36 minute flight. PV6 is the second two- seater and has the capability to deliver all air to air and air to ground weapons as required by the Indian Air Force for the Final Operational Clearance.

The PV6 has absorbed all the major design modifications undertaken during the last 2500 plus flights in the programme. This is the final prototype leading to series production trainer.

Test Director Commander Jitendra Raturi, Safety Pilot Ritu Raj Tyagi, ADA Director P.S. Subramanyam, NFTC Chief Test Pilot Cmde J.A. Maolankar and LCA Navy Project Director Cmde C D Balaji (Retd) were present at the telemetry monitoring centre.

5 comments :

Anonymous said...

I Hope production stats soon and kaveri also gets into it sooner !!

MoD & DRDO a bureaucratic mess .....

Anonymous said...

Why is there an Italian flag on the tail?

Unknown said...

@ Anoymous *:46

Its called a Fin Flash, designating the military marking of the IAF , showing the colours, the same of that of the Roundels (GREEN,WHITE and ORANGE) ... in other words, its IAF markings not A FLAG!

Anonymous said...

This is a classic example showing the sorry state of affairs in the Indian bureaucracy. I seriously hope that the new reforms bringing in the private players(manufacturers) into the defence projects helps the Armed forces procure the necessary equipment faster and help this great nation to defend itslef

Anonymous said...

Great to see Tejas finally getting ready for National duty.