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IAF deploys LCA Tejas along Pakistan border amid tensions with China

The first LCA Tejas squadron, based out of Sulur under the Southern Air Command, has been deployed there in an operational role, sources said.

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New Delhi: In a significant achievement for the indigenous fighter aircraft programme, the Indian Air Force (IAF) deployed the home-grown Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas on the western front along the Pakistan border in view of the tensions with China on the Ladakh front.

“The LCA Tejas was deployed by the Indian Air Force on the western front close to the Pakistan border to take care of any possible action by the adversary there,” government sources told ANI. The first LCA Tejas squadron, 45 Squadron (Flying Daggers) based out of Sulur under the Southern Air Command, was deployed in an operational role there, the sources said.

The indigenous Tejas aircraft had been praised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Independence Day speech where he had stated that the deal to buy the LCA Mark1A version was expected to be completed soon.

While the first squadron of the planes is of the Initial Operational Clearance version, the second 18 Squadron ‘Flying Bullets’ is of the Final Operational Clearance version and was operationalized by the IAF chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria at the Sulur airbase on May 27.
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Air Force and the Defence Ministry are expected to finalise the deal for the 83 Mark1A aircraft by the end of this year. In view of the Chinese aggression on the borders, the IAF had deployed its assets all along the borders with both China and Pakistan.

The forward airbases of the force have been equipped to take care of situations along the western and northern fronts and have seen extensive flying operations in the recent past, including both daytime and night operations.

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  1. Seems like another abuse of Indian military for Modi political purposes………………Tejas are no match for the aircraft pitted on LOC & LAC……….It is an untested aircraft ….never participated in any major international military exercise………….bad move !!!1

  2. We are ready and our tea is also ready. Hope we’ll say that historical sentence again, “The tea is FANTASTIC!”. LOL

      • These beggars will surprise you again just like 27th February’s morning!!! Waiting for another AbhiNONEDONE!!! LOL

    • So you are not ashamed of serving tea to Indian pilot who came to attack you? You served him tea, took good care of him and let him go back within a day after Modi’s warning? Thanks for the tea! Next time do serve dinner to our army as well 🙂

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