HAL Tejas, the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) which is said to be an indigenous fighter has been inducted into the Indian Air Force. It has been the hard work of more than 30 years which has shaped Tejas and now its functional . Two of the single-engine multi-role fighter jets, pegged to be the world’s smallest and lightest supersonic fighter, were handed over to the Air Force. They will be stationed in Bengaluru, as part of the first Tejas squadron called ‘Flying Daggers’.
Still it cant be said 100% indigenous fighter aircraft as there are many main parts which are imported , eg the main part its heart the integral part , its GE engine.
Group Captain M Rangachari is going to be the first Commanding Officer of the Flying Daggers squadron.Initially, there would be seven officers and 42 air warriors and about 20 non-commissioned officers under him.
The Flying Daggers squadron will have the SP-1 and SP-2 versions of Tejas. The squadron is expected to reach full strength by 2018-2020. Six more Tejas fighters are expected to be inducted into the squadron by the end of the current financial year.