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The fourth generation MWF will probably be ready by end of next decade. China already has two fifth-generation fighter jets, and it can sell to Pakistan.
The light combat aircraft had successfully carried out an “arrested landing” last week, a key performance, showing its ability to land on board an aircraft carrier.
The DRDO is involved in development of the naval variant of Tejas along with Aeronautical Development Agency, and the Aircraft Research and Design Centre of HAL among others.
India’s aeronautics industry has suffered from politicians’ neglect, allowing countries like China, Brazil and Turkey to overtake us.
Final operational clearance to Tejas was granted even though the jet's drop tank & other weapon configurations are yet to be cleared while airframe fatigue test is still underway.
The Indian Air Force strike on Pakistan's Balakot was carried out by the French-built Mirage 2000 aircraft.
DRDO chief G. Satheesh Reddy says General Bipin Rawat's endorsemnt comes as a big morale boost for DRDO scientists and HAL.
After integration issues with Israeli Python-5 on Tejas, IAF looks to equip Light Combat Aircraft Tejas with the French air-to-air missile ASRAAM.
HAL was to roll out the Final Operational Clearance version of the indigenously-built aircraft by 2011, but project has been hit by delays.