Rajnath Singh Becomes First Defence Minister To Fly In Light Combat Aircraft Tejas
GUWAHATI: Defence minister Rajnath Singh flew in the Tejas fighter aircraft from HAL airport in Bengaluru on Thursday, September 19 and became the first defence minister to fly in the light combat aircraft (LCA).
Based on a report by the Times of India, the whole event lasted for 30 minutes and following the flight, Singh said that he chose the LCA as it has been built in the country itself.
For the flight, the defence minister wore a G suit and even sported aviator
Speaking of his experience on Twitter, he said, “Flying on ‘Tejas’, an Indigenous Light Combat Aircraft from Bengaluru’s HAL Airport was an amazing and exhilarating experience. Tejas is a multi-role fighter with several critical capabilities. It is meant to strengthen India’s air defence capabilities.”
An official also mentioned in the report that Singh “controlled” and flew the aircraft for around two minutes and that those two minutes were “memorable.”
Singh was accompanied by Air Vice Marshal N Tiwari, who is the project director of National Flight Test Centre, Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) in Bengaluru.
Rajnath Singh in the Tejas