Home-grown Light Combat Aircraft Tejas will finally be inducted into the Indian Air Force on Friday.
To mark this achievement, here is all you need to know about this first home-grown squadron:
The Tejas is a light fighter aircraft developed by India.
It will replace the MiG-21 series of aircraft.
A single seater, single engine aircraft, Tejas boasts of many stealth features which prevent the aircraft from being tracked.
Lacking a horizontal tail plane, and with a single vertical tail fin, this fighter is designed for enhanced manoeuvrability.
Made of composite materials, which weigh less than a fifth of metal, it has a gross weight of just about nine tonnes.
All weapons are carried on one or more of seven slots, with total capacity of around 4,000 kg.
It is also most cost effective with price ranging between Rs.170 and Rs180 crore, almost a third of similar fourth generation aircraft.
Tejas seeks to mark India’s entry into the 10-tonne aircraft category, and marks India’s entry into a select group of nations that can build such flying machines from scratch.
The project has been developed at a cost of nearly Rs.10,000 crore.
It is likely to go into series production and be inducted into the Air Force in the first half of 2014.
Equipped with GE engines, efforts are on to use Indian Kaveri engines on it.
Tejas is the second supersonic fighter developed indigenously by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) after the HAL Marut.