By Dr Anantha Krishnan M
Bengaluru, Feb 19: Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said on Thursday that the Indian Air Force (IAF) would begin the Squadron formation of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas after receiving third series production (SP) variant.
It was for the first time that an IAF Chief spoke comprehensively about the home-grown fighter jet’s squadron formation. “We have no doubt about the capability of the aircraft,” Raha said.
“The first two series production aircraft (SP-1 and SP-2) have some slight variations and from SP-3 onwards we will have them entering into the Squadron. The first squadron will consist of aircraft from SP-3 to SP-6,” the Air Chief said.
The Tejas Squadron will be first raised in Bengaluru and later will be positioned at the Sulur Air Force base, near Coimbatore.
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