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Tejas executes perfect arrested landing

THE ASIAN AGE. | PAWAN BALI
Published : Sep 14, 2019, 6:44 am IST
Updated : Sep 14, 2019, 6:44 am IST

A normal LCA lands on a one-kilometre runway. But on an aircraft carrier, the aircraft needs to land on a 100-metre runaway.

The Indian Air Force has already inducted a batch of Tejas aircraft. (Photo: tejas.gov.in)
 The Indian Air Force has already inducted a batch of Tejas aircraft. (Photo: tejas.gov.in)

New Delhi: India’s indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas on Friday successfully executed a textbook “arrested landing” at the shore-based test  facility, INS Hansa, Goa.

This test is important milestone for developing the Tejas variant for the Indian Navy.

 

A normal LCA lands on a one-kilometre runway. But on an aircraft carrier, the aircraft needs to land on a 100-metre runaway.

“Tejas successfully executed a textbook arrested landing at 90 metres as required,” said sources.

In the arrested landing for Tejas, a wire barrier was used to stop the aircraft. In this, a hook at the bottom of the incoming aircraft gets trapped with the wire on the surface of the runway to bring it to a halt. The test flight on Friday was of 40 minutes. It was a twin-engine aircraft but was flown by single pilot Cmde J.A. Maolankar (Chief Test Pilot).

Capt. Shivnath Dahiya was acting as landing safety officer and  Cdr J.D. Raturi was the test director.

 

“The data from the test will be analysed to see if it met all the required test points. There are sensors in all the part of the aircraft which are being analysed,” said sources.

According to sources, it will be analysed whether the arrest landing through wire barrier had any impact on the various components of the aircraft.

The next major step will be landing the plane on actual aircraft carrier Vikramaditya. “The arrested landing on the aircraft carrier is very complex as the plane has to come down at a steep angle and it has to be a precision landing. The other issue is the speed at which the plane will come down.

Also, aircraft carrier rolls and pitch which makes landing more difficult,” added sources.  Meanwhile, defence minister Rajnath Singh congratulated Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), HAL, DRDO and Indian Navy for this major feat.

 

The Indian Air Force has already inducted a batch of Tejas aircraft.

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