Air Platforms

IAF carries out first-ever aerial refuelling of Tejas LCA

10 September 2018

The Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out its first-ever mid-air refuelling of the indigenously developed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mk 1 on 4 September.

The modified LCA, which had taken off from Maharajpur Air Force Base (AFB) in Gwalior, “carried out a series of test profiles”, including a ‘dry contact’ with an Ilyushin Il-78MKI aerial refuelling tanker that had taken off from an IAF base in Agra, the Indian government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB) announced.

A second LCA, which was flying in formation, “observed the exercise closely”, the PIB added.

All flight parameters of the refuelling drill were transmitted to a ground control unit at Gwalior, where they were monitored by scientists from the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), which has been responsible for designing the LCA.

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