AK Antony hands over Tejas release certificate to Air chief

LCA is designed to ultimately  replace the Mig 21 fleet of IAF. The timing of IOC-II for LCA coincides with the iconic Mig 21 FL fighter flying into  IAF’s history just a week ago.

Antony said in the last three years, the capabilities of the aircraft have been improved significantly. ‘In recognition of the enhanced capabilities, IAF has decided to grant the aircraft a higher status, namely, the Initial Operational Clearance for induction into the Service,’ he said.  Antony even candidly confessed he had his share of anxieties regarding the future of LCA when he had taken over as the defence minister in 2006. ‘But on Monday  we are putting behind the moments of self-doubt, frustration and setbacks which we as a nation have gone through in the last 30 years.

The improvements have enhanced the flight envelope of the aircraft as well as its weapon delivery capability.  The performance at Iron Fist, Jaisalmer and the recent missile firing at Goa are examples of such improvements,’ the minister said.
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