Air Platforms

India’s Tejas LCA misses deadline to secure final operational clearance

10 July 2018

The developers of India’s Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mk 1 have missed a 30 June deadline to secure the platform’s final operational clearance (FOC): a development that will further defer the fighter’s induction into the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Official sources told Jane’s that the Aeronautical Development Agency (which is responsible for designing the single-engine Tejas), the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL, which is series-producing the platform), and the IAF had committed to securing FOC by the end of June following repeated postponements.

However, issues with demonstrating the aircraft’s mid-air refuelling and engine relighting capabilities, as well as with firing its twin-barrelled Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-23 autocannon, have now further delayed achieving FOC, which was originally scheduled for 2012.

Want to read more? For analysis on this article and access to all our insight content, please enquire about our subscription options at

(142 of 438 words)