India's first self-made fighter jet, Light Combat Aircraft Tejas MK I (LCA Tejas) on 21st February 2019, received the Final Operational Clearance for induction into the Indian Air Force (IAF) as a fully-weaponized fighter jet.
LCR Tejas gets a formal declaration of Final Operational Clearance (FOC) by Dr. G Satheesh Reddy, Chairman of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Secretary of Defence (R&D).
Earlier to this, the LCA Tejas was an Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) aircraft.
The Light Combat Aircraft Tejas is a supersonic, single-seat, single-engine multirole light fighter aircraft that uses fourth generation technologies.
LCA Tejas was co-developed by the Aeronautical Development Agency in cooperation with the Bengaluru-based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.
LCA Tejas is built from CFC materials and has unstable aerodynamics.
LCA Tejas is equipped with a quadruplex digital fly-by-wire flight control system to ease handling by the pilot.
LCA Tejas incorporates an advanced glass cockpit that comprises all the round dialed electro-mechanical instruments.
LCA Tejas is fitted with the coherent pulse-Doppler Multi-Mode Radar that is designed to operate equally effectively in the Air to Air and Air to Surface domains.
LCA Tejas is fitted with Open Architecture Computer (OAC).