After 33 years of waiting: India now has its own fighter 

The first Indian light combat aircraft “Tejas” today officially flew into the sky. This is happening 33 years after the announcement of the intention of the country to produce its own military aircraft, reports “Reuters”.

Indian Air Force currently operate with Russian, British and French aircraft. The Army has a total of 33 squadrons, but also needed 45 more to balance forces with Pakistan and China.

The government of the country with Prime Minister Narendra Modi convinced the military to accept the first version of “Tejas”, to compensate for the shortage of military force until a more powerful model is ready.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “This illustrates our skills and strengths to enhance indigenous defense manufacturing.”

The first two machines were presented in the southern city of Bengaluru at an official ceremony today. “Moment of national pride,” wrote on Twitter Defence Minister of the country Manohar Parrikar.

The first LCA, own production of India is intended to replace the MiG-21 series. The fighter is a result of several years of design and development by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and HAL.

Experts believe that the Indian single-seater machine excels Sino-Pakistani competitor JF17.

Tejas has already had 3,000 flight hours without incident.

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