All you want to know about Tejas

Some facts about India's indigenously-developed Tejas fighter jet

* 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 Rs.180 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.

--IANS (Posted on 21-12-2013)

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