On Thursday Defence Minister Rajnath Singh flew in the Tejas fighter aircraft from the HAL airport in Bengaluru, He was accompanied by Air Vice Marshal N Tiwari, who is also the project Director, National Flight Test Centre, ADA (Aeronautical Development Agency) in Bengaluru.
Rajnath Singh became the first defence minister to fly in the indigenously built light combat aircraft, after riding New Tejas fighter aircraft.
Flying on ‘Tejas’, an Indigenous Light Combat Aircraft from Bengaluru’s HAL Airport was an amazing and exhilarating experience.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) September 19, 2019
Tejas is a multi-role fighter with several critical capabilities. It is meant to strengthen India’s air defence capabilities. pic.twitter.com/jT95afb0O7
The minister flew a sortie in the twin-seater version of Tejas from HAL airport in Bengaluru. Wearing a G-suit, Rajnath Singh had earlier on Thursday posted photos on Twitter saying he was "all set" for the big day.
All Set For The Day! pic.twitter.com/JUUdzafutq— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) September 19, 2019
A defence ministry official had on Wednesday said the minister would be "taking a sortie" in order to boost the morale of officers who have been involved in the development of "indigenously-made Tejas".
"It will also boost the morale of IAF pilots who are flying these aircraft," the official had said.
In a major milestone in the development of a naval version of Tejas, the aircraft had earlier successfully carried out an "arrested landing", a key performance demonstrating its ability to land on board an aircraft carrier.