Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu was seen flying the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)’s Light Combat Aircraft Tejas at the ongoing Aero India show in Bengaluru on Saturday.
To observe Women’s Day on Saturday, the expo will showcase women’s achievements in the aerospace sector with all-female crews flying a few aircraft as part of the air display.
Three women IAF fighter pilots are also expected to fly the Hawk-I advanced jet trainer of BAE Systems plc and an upgraded version of the Russian-made MiG-21.
The HAL Tejas, is an Indian single-engine, multirole light fighter designed by HAL and Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) for the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy.
The aircraft received its final operational clearance (FOC) on Wednesday from military aviation regulator Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (Cemilac) for induction into the Indian Air Force (IAF) as a weaponised fighter jet in its operational fleet.
Meanwhile, the IAF’s Surya Kiran aerobatic team, at the Aero India 2019, flew the first formation as an incomplete diamond with Wing Commander Sahil Gandhi’s place vacant as a tribute to him. Gandhi was killed after a mid-air collision between two aircrafts during the rehearsals on February 19.