Amazing And Interesting Facts About HAL Tejas

Written By:

In July 2016, two HAL Tejas fighter jets were inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF) squadron, known as the 'Flying Daggers 45'. The aircraft was designed by Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

Amazing And Interesting Facts About HAL Tejas

IAF chief Arup Raha had his first flight in Tejas before being inducted into the Air Force. After flying the indigenously designed and produced fighter jet, he called it a good aircraft for IAF operations.

Amazing And Interesting Facts About HAL Tejas

For the first two years, the Flying Daggers 45 will be based in Bangalore. After that, they will be moved to Sulur in Tamil Nadu.

Amazing And Interesting Facts About HAL Tejas

In 1984, Indian government started planning to kick-start the process to build an indigenous aircraft. For development purpose, Aeronautical Development Agency was set up by the government.

Amazing And Interesting Facts About HAL Tejas

At first, the aircraft was called LCA ( Light Combat Aircraft). In 2001, the LCA made its first flight.

Amazing And Interesting Facts About HAL Tejas

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee named the aircraft ‘Tejas' and in Sanskrit, Tejas means ‘radiance.'

Amazing And Interesting Facts About HAL Tejas

It is a single-seat, single-jet engine, multi-role lightweight supersonic fighter jet. The powerplant used in this aircraft is General Electric F404-GE-F2J3 turbofan engines with afterburn.

Amazing And Interesting Facts About HAL Tejas

The aircraft can fly at a speed of Mach 1.8 (2,205 km/h) and at a maximum altitude of 15,200m. The range of the aircraft is 3,000 km and weighs approximately 5,450 kg.

Amazing And Interesting Facts About HAL Tejas

The aircraft's fuselage is composed of 42 percent carbon fibre composites, 43 percent aluminium alloy and the remainder titanium alloy.

Amazing And Interesting Facts About HAL Tejas

For ease handling by the pilot, Tejas is equipped with a quadruplex digital fly-by-wire flight control system. This system is integrated to enhance manoeuvrability.

Amazing And Interesting Facts About HAL Tejas

Earlier in 2016, Tejas participated in its first foreign show at Bahrain International Airshow, where it was compared with JF-17 Thunder - a fighter jet produced by Pakistan with the help of China.

Amazing And Interesting Facts About HAL Tejas

After comparing both the aircraft, a source said, "Tejas is the better one since it is mostly made of the composite which makes it light and very agile. It also comes with smart ammunitions and bombs which help it to hit targets in a precise manner."

Amazing And Interesting Facts About HAL Tejas

Planned production variants are:

  • Tejas Trainer
  • Tejas Mark 1A
  • Tejas Trainer IN
  • Tejas MK1 Navy
  • Tejas Mk2 Navy
  • Tejas Mark 2
Amazing And Interesting Facts About HAL Tejas

The aircraft is equipped to handle armament such as:

Guns:

  • 1× mounted 23 mm twin-barrel GSh-23 cannon with 220 rounds of ammunition

Hardpoints: 8

Amazing And Interesting Facts About HAL Tejas

Rockets:

  • S-8 rocket pods, Bofors 135 mm rocket

Missiles:

  • Air-to-air missiles:
  • Astra
  • Derby
  • Python-5
  • R-77
  • R-73 (missile)
Amazing And Interesting Facts About HAL Tejas

Air-to-surface missiles:

  • DRDO Anti-Radiation Missile
  • Kh-59ME (TV-guided standoff missile)
  • Kh-59MK (Laser-guided standoff missile)
  • Anti-ship missiles
  • Kh-35
  • Kh-31
Amazing And Interesting Facts About HAL Tejas

Bombs:

  • KAB-1500L laser-guided bombs
  • GBU-16 Paveway II
  • FAB-250
  • ODAB-500PM fuel-air explosives
  • ZAB-250/350 incendiary bombs
Amazing And Interesting Facts About HAL Tejas
  • BetAB-500Shp powered concrete-piercing bombs
  • FAB-500T gravity bombs
  • OFAB-250-270 gravity bombs
  • OFAB-100-120 gravity bombs
  • RBK-500 cluster bomb stake
Amazing And Interesting Facts About HAL Tejas

Other:

  • Drop tanks for ferry flight/extended range/loitering time
  • LITENING targeting pod

Check out the video of HAL Tejas

 
Read more on: #offbeat
Please Wait while comments are loading...

Latest Photos