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February 22, 2024
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PM Modi soaring high in indigenous Tejas fighter plane, showcasing India’s technological prowess

New Delhi: In a significant display of national pride, Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently took to the skies in the indigenously manufactured Tejas fighter plane, a testament to India’s growing self-reliance in defense technology. Produced by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the country’s oldest and esteemed aerospace enterprise, Tejas stands out for its cutting-edge features and capabilities.

Sharing his experience on social media, PM Modi expressed, “Today, flying in Tejas, I can say with great pride that due to our hard work and dedication, we are no less than anyone in the world in the field of self-reliance. Heartiest congratulations to the Indian Air Force, DRDO, and HAL as well as all Indians.”

Key Features of Tejas:

  • Long-Range Missiles: Tejas is equipped with long-range missiles, enhancing its combat capabilities.
  • Target Lock and Fire: The fighter plane has the ability to lock on to its target and engage with precision firepower.
  • Advanced Technology Equipment: Tejas incorporates state-of-the-art technology, including radar developed both in Israel and indigenously.
  • Supersonic Speed: Capable of flying at speeds ranging from Mach 1.6 to Mach 1.8, Tejas can soar at altitudes of up to 52,000 feet.
  • Payload Capacity: Tejas can lift an impressive eight to nine tonnes of load, showcasing its versatility.
  • Electronic Warfare Suite: The aircraft is equipped with an electronic warfare suite for enhanced defense capabilities.
  • Air-to-Air Refueling: Tejas features provisions for air-to-air refueling, further extending its operational range.

Former Indian Air Force chief Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria emphasized the significance of Tejas, stating that this indigenous fighter aircraft is well-suited for precision strikes, akin to the successful Balakot operation. He highlighted that Tejas surpasses the quality, capability, and precision of the JF-17 fighter aircraft produced in Pakistan with Chinese assistance.

Describing Tejas as a ‘Four and Half Generation’ light combat aircraft, Bhadauria underscored its modern technology and the indigenous development of its weaponry. The flight of PM Modi in Tejas symbolizes a remarkable stride in India’s journey towards self-sufficiency in defense and aerospace technology.

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