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LCA Tejas achieves rare technological breakthrough

The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas has achieved a rare technological breakthrough with three consecutive start ups of its engine in extreme sub-zero temperatures of Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir.

“With three consecutive start-ups of its engine after overnight soak in extreme cold around minus 15 degrees Celsius conditions of Laddakh winter without any external assistance, Tejas, the Indian Light Combat Aircraft has achieved yet another and a rare distinction,” an official statement said. Starting the fighter aircraft under such extreme conditions without any external assistance or heating is a technology challenge, it said.

The requirements become further stringent when the starting is to be done three times consecutively with a partially charged battery. “The team LCA has achieved a technological breakthrough,” Dr P S Subramanyam PGD (CA) and Director, Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) said.

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