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.
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