India has now become a part of the elite group of countries which have developed air-to-air refueling for military aircraft, with the successful mid-air refueling of indigenously developed Light Combat Aircrafts (LCA) Tejas. With this, Tejas gets a step closer to achieving the battle-ready tag- FOC or final operation clearance. Production partner, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), along with Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), the designer and developer of Tejas, confirmed that Indian Air Force IL 78 mid-air refueling tanker transferred 1900 kg fuel to Tejas in its first wet test or actual engagement, at an altitude of 20000 feet over Gwalior, with aircraft speed of 270 knots and all the internal tanks and drop tanks refueled. Previously, Tejas had successfully carried dry docking of aerial refueling probe with mother tanker on September 4 and September 6. The light combat aircraft LSP Tejas, with this landmark flight, will soon get its final LCA certificate. The pilot for this flight was Wing Commander, Siddharth Singh of the National Flight Test Centre, Bengaluru. Also, the HAL and ADA closely and minutely monitored the system parameters from the ground station in Gwalior.
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