IAF’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas successfully completed the midair refueling trial on Monday.
This exercise comes few days after the fighter jet conducted ‘dry contact’ with the India Air Force (IAF) IL-78.
The Tejas Limited Series Production aircraft eight (Tejas LSP-8) completed the task by refueling its tank midair with 1900kg fuel from IL-78.
“The refueling was carried out at an altitude of 20,000 ft. The aircraft speed was 270 knots and all the internal tanks and drop tanks were refueled. A few days ago, the successful dry docking of aerial refueling probe with mother tanker was carried out on September 4 and 6, 2018,” HAL, the manufacturer of the fighter said in a statement.
The operation was piloted by Wing Commander Siddharth Singh of National Flight test centre with designers from Aeronautical Development Agency and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.
HAL’s new CMD R Madhavan said that with this feat, India joins the elite group of countries, who have developed Air-to-Air (AAR) system for military class of aircraft.