With the Indian Air Force carrying out war exercise ‘Gagan Shakti’ involving its entire fleet strength all across its bases in the country, the new entrant to the fleet is India’s very own Tejas.
It is said that firing range at Pokhran is booming with the day and night bombing.
Amid all of this the Light combat aircraft Tejas, which had so far been only a technology demonstrator and was recently inducted into IAF, has now for the first time participated in enhancing its operational capability.
Tejas is also involved in firing close combat and beyond visual range missiles and the IAF sources said that it has amply demonstrated its power to pack the punch.
This is despite the fact thet Tejas even after its induction is undergoing constant improvements as the IAF which accepted Tejas Mark 1.
Official IAF sources said that air support, network centric warfare, attack, counter attack and other parts of air force in joint coordination is giving shape to the exercise.
Besides Tejas, Sukhoi-30, Mig-21, Mig-27, Jaguar, Hawk and mirage and such 1100 fighter planes are taking part.
During the first phase of the exercise, today all the deployed LCA aircraft had participated.
LCA will employ Close Combat and Beyond Visual Range Air to Air missiles in a simulated scenario apart from Air to Ground weapons.>