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Singapore Def Min flies on Tejas; said this about Indias very own plane

Singapore Def Min flies on Tejas; said this about Indias very own plane

Amid debate over the home grown Tejas fighter aircraft and how relevant it is to needs of Indian Air Force, Singapore Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen on Tuesday hailed India’s indigenously-built multi-role light combat aircraft Tejas as “excellent and very impressive”.

This after he as a first civilian foreigner took a half-an-hour flight in Tejas at the Kalaikunda airbase here.

“It is an excellent aircraft and it is very impressive,” Hen told reporters.

He praised Air Vice Marshal A P Singh, the pilot who flew the Tejas, saying he felt as if he was riding a car and not flying in a fighter aircraft.

Asked whether Singapore is interested in buying the Tejas fighter aircraft, Hen said he is not a pilot and it is for the technical people to take a call on it.

Indian defence sources said Singapore has evinced interest in Tejas.

During the Bahrain air show where Tejas aircraft was showcased, some countries in the Middle East had also shown interest, the defence sources said.

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