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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tejas Handed Over to Air Force, But Training Manual Missing

Tejas LCAAfter a crippling three decade wait by the Indian Air Force for the home-made fighter jet Tejas, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has reportedly set a deadline of a month for training and maintenance manuals to be shared with pilots.

The first Tejas- a Light Combat Aircraft- was presented with much fanfare last month to the Air Force by the manufacturer - state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, which is based in Bangalore.

The Tejas is intended to replace the ageing Russian-made MiG-21 jets which are grimly referred to as 'flying coffins'. Nearly half of the entire strength of the MiG -21 have crashed over the years. The fighter jets were to be decommissioned by 2017, but retiring the aircraft was pushed to 2025, because of the delay in supplying the Tejas.

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