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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2678

Indigenous Light Combat Aircrafts for Indian Air Force

By Raymond R Kharmujai - Asian Tribune

Shillong, 20 May, ( Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal S.P.Tyagi said on Friday, that he has already signed a contract with the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the delivery of 20 Light Combat Aircraft (LCA).

"They (HAL) have made an offer for 40 aircraft, but we decided to have 20. The first lot will come with GE engine and hopefully the next lot will come with the indigenous Cauvery engine," said Air Chief Marshal while interacting with newsmen over a cup of tea at the Eastern Air Command headquarters here.

Admitting that there was an 'undesirable' delay in the development of the LCA, Air Chief Marshal Tyagi said that the IAF pilots were waiting to fly the indigenous aircraft.

"There has been a delay in development of the LCA, which is undesirable but understandable. A pilot would definitely love to fly an aircraft made in India," he stated.

Reiterating that the MIG-21 fighter aircraft were fully safe for operational purposes, the Chief of Air Staff said, “We have been saying time and again that the MIG-21 aircraft are absolutely safe. No Air Chief or government would allow his boys and girls to be airborne in an unsafe machine," he said.

"Last year was the safest year in the history of the IAF. The average number of accidents was about 23 in the previous years and It come down to about 11 last year," justified the, Air Chief Marshal S P Tyagi.

"The fears about the safety in the IAF are largely misplaced. The number of accidents has come down and the last year was the safest year in the history of the IAF," the Chief of Air Staff added.

- Asian Tribune -

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