Rajnath Singh becomes first Defence Minister to fly in indigenous LCA Tejas fighter jet

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday flew in the Tejas fighter aircraft from the HAL airport.

Rajnath Singh becomes first Defence Minister to fly in indigenous LCA Tejas fighter jet
Rajnath Singh becomes first Defence Minister to fly in indigenous LCA Tejas fighter jet.

Rajnath Singh on Thursday became the first defense minister to fly in Tejas combat aircraft.

Rajnath Singh said in his interview 'It was very smooth and comfortable. I was enjoying it. I want to congratulate HAL, DRDO and several agencies concerned. We have reached a level where we can export fighter planes across the world'.

Meanwhile, sharing his experience, he tweeted his picture and caption it '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 defense capabilities.' 

DRDO chief Dr G Satheesh Reddy said, 'The ‘Raksha Mantri’ controlled and flew the Tejas for some time." In response, Singh said, "Koi problem nahi, jaise-jaise N Tiwari batate rahe, waise-waise mein karta raha (There was no problem. I just followed N Tiwari’s instructions).

Tejas had successfully carried out an "arrested landing", a key performance demonstrating its ability to land on board an aircraft carrier, making it a major milestone in the development of the naval variant of the fighter jet.