Thanks Kakarat for all the info. You have have provided some amazing gems. You are a great resource! I have added your name as acknowledgement on the first page, for your assistance. I have also updated the first page. Please review and let me know if any corrections are to be made. Couple of points I need clarification on and some observations;
1) I am assuming the trainers will have a serial number of KH-T-20XX as in PV-5 and PV-6, which have the serial numbers of KH-T-2009 and KH-T-2010 respectively. Since I am unaware of the actual serial number, I have just left the last two numbers as XX. Now if my assumption is wrong, please do advise. Will it be KH-T-20XX or LA-50XX? See link below...http://www.airliners.net/photo/India-Ai ... /4239705/L
2) A conversion unit with 18 trainers would be nice! Get the rookie pilots to visit the conversion squadron, have them complete their basic conversion syllabus and then send them to their respective Tejas unit. Not a bad idea at all.
3) It is my understanding that the move to Sulur was to house two Tejas squadrons - at minimum. If that is true, what purpose would No 18 Sqn serve at Bangalore? I thought the move to Sulur was to move away to a less congested airspace. Am I incorrect?
4) Ramana-ji, I agree with Kakarat. Mk1A is nowhere near the horizion of completion. I would rather they just continue with Mk1 (in single seat or trainer form) and then when Mk1A is ready, to move to that. The existing Mk1s can be converted to the Mk1A anyway. That last thing we need are idle lines.