Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on weekday flew within the Tejas plane from HAL flying field in Bengaluru, turning into the first defence minister to fly within the indigenously-built lightweight combat craft (LCA). once the 30-minute sortie, the defence minister said he selected the craft as a result of it absolutely was designed indigenously and delineated the flying experience as thrilling. “Flight terribly swish, snug, i used to be excited. it was one amongst the foremost memorable events of my life,” said the 68-year-old Singh once alighting from the craft.
“This is an indigenous plane. So, it came naturally to me to fly in Tejas and knowledge the flying. it absolutely was additionally to ascertain beneath what conditions do our fighter pilots fly these craft. this can be why I flew during this craft,” the minister said. “I wish to congratulate HAL, DRDO and several agencies involved. we’ve reached a level wherever we will export fighter planes across the planet…Countries in southeast asia have shown interest in getting Tejas craft,” he said.
An official said the minister additionally “controlled” and flew the aircraft for around 2 minutes. However, Singh said he was following orders. “But those 2 minutes were memorable,” he said. “Special due to AVM, N Tiwari, who is additionally the Project Director, National Flight take a look at Centre, ada (Aeronautical Development Agency) for the sortie,” he said.