Rajnath Singh Becomes First Defence Minister to Fly in Indigenous Tejas


Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh today flew on familiarisation sortie on the indigenous fighter aircraft LCA Tejas in Bengaluru. In a tweet, the Defence Minister said flying on ‘Tejas’ was an amazing and exhilarating experience. He said Tejas is a multi-role fighter with several critical capabilities and is meant to strengthen India’s air defence capabilities.

Raksha Mantri described his experience of flying the fourth-generation aircraft as ’thrilling and special’. Congratulating HAL, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) for building the multi-role fighter aircraft, Shri Rajnath Singh said demand has been received for ‘Tejas’ from different countries. He expressed pride that India has reached a stage where fighter aircraft and arms & ammunition can be exported to the world.

Tejas, a single engine, delta wing, multi-role light fighter, was designed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and is produced by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Indian Air Force.