BANGALORE: India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas began undertaking practice sorties at Sakhir Airbase in Bahrain on Saturday.
Two aircraft from Tejas flight-line – LSP-4 and LSP-7 – had reached the Sakhir Airbase on January 14, scripting a new chapter for India’s fighter jet development program.
The Bahrain International Air Show (BIAS-2016) will begin from January 21-23 at the Sakhir Airbase.
“We were the first to land here and even the Sarang team from the Indian Air Force too had arrived early. We are ensuring that everything is in place as the show nears. The telemetry links have gone live,” says an official, who is part of the Indian team.
On Saturday, LSP-4 and LSP-7 had their first practice sorties at Bahrain.
“These are flights to check the profiles for the show. Very similar to what we undergo during Aero India in Bengaluru,” says the official.
An advanced team of ground support crew from Aeronautical Development Agency and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd are already in Bahrain.
As reported by OneIndia, Tejas will be parked next to two Pakistani JF-17 Thunders at the show.
The report has generated so much of debate on social media forums with many wanting to know who will outperform whom, at least during the demonstration flights.
Bahrain dailies are also warming up to the news of India’s participation at the show. ‘News of Bahrain’ has reported about India’s participation at BIAS-2016 with Tejas, Sarang and AEW&C all set to put up a spirited show.
As reported earlier by OneIndia, this is for the first time Tejas will be participating in a flying demonstration outside India.
Source: Defense News