Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) is on a tight schedule and is racing ahead to reach the deadlines, eight LCA Tejas platforms are currently in the process of achieving the requirements of IOC-2. The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) achieved Initial Operational Clearance (IOC-1) in January this year, the IOC-1 was a watered down version of a full IOC because the LCA did not meet the complete requirements.
As defence enthusiast pointed out in various forums that the test-flights were being conducted more frequently, Express News Service quoted sources saying that the test flights were on a all-time increase. Time was lost on the issues with fuel tank and arrangement of butting of fuel and hydraulic pipes. Also, it seems another weapons trial will be part of IOC-2, after which Tejas will have to achieve the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) which is expected to be in 2014.
The last Limited Serial Production (LSP) aircraft LSP-8 will fly in june this year, LSP-7 the twelth Tejas aircraft first flew in March this year.
Source: Express News Service
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