Why in News:
- Indian Air Force (IAF) will be pitching the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas MK-I aircraft alongside participants from across the world at the Singapore Airshow
- Singapore Airshow is a biennial event which provides a platform for the global aviation industry to showcase their products
- Tejas is India’s first light fighter aircraft designed and manufactured in the country. It’s a single-seat, single-engine supersonic multirole light fighter aircraft.
- Tejas is a fourth-generation light combat aircraft (LCA). Its configuration is largely geared on mobility and agility.
- To make handling easier, the plane has a computerised fly-by-wire flight control system. This allows the pilot to focus on other tasks (especially mission-critical tasks) without having to worry about the plane deviating from its flying route.
- It can travel at a top speed of Mach 1.8
- Mach is used as a unit of measurement in stating the speed of a moving object in relation to the speed of sound.
- The aircraft has a range of 3,000 kilometres.
- In its class, it is the lightest, smallest, multi-role supersonic fighter aircraft.
- Designed to carry a variety of precision-guided air-to-air and air-to-surface weaponry.
- Capability for air-to-air refuelling.
- To read about new version of LCA Mk2 Tejas: https://officerspulse.com/lca-mk2/
- To read about India’s defence exports