Beautiful article JTull. With each milestone achieved, the common theme I get from them is that the Tejas is one well built bird and is truly a dream to fly. Kudos to the scientists & engineers at ADA & HAL and to the pilots and ground crew of the Indian Air Force. The Tejas has certainly a bright future ahead of her. I reproduce a part of the article that will make *ANY* jingo proud!
When Tejas succeeds, we all succeed!
Interestingly, Tejas might have set a new record for fighter development world over by making a wet contact during the initial week of a trial itself.
“If you look at any fighter programme world over, normally, it will take a minimum of six months to achieve a perfect shot. To get it right at the first attempt itself is a phenomenal achievement,” adds the official.
In all the excitement, Karan Saar your post below (on page 56 of this dhaaga) got lost.
Folks, please re-read what Karan has written below. Imagine the operational advantages like taking off from a high-altitude airbase like Leh.
As Karan said, this really is a BIG
Karan M wrote:This is really a big deal. A/C can take off with empty tanks (for optimal take off performance), get refueled in the air. Or they can fly large distances - before getting to the FBA, can fill their tanks and keep their internal fuel available for combat/high maneuverability situations.