The development of the Tejas fighter was launched in India in 1983 year. The aircraft was originally called the LCA TD-1, but was later renamed Tejas. The first fighter flight took place on January 4 2001 of the year, Tejas received the status of initial combat readiness in the year 2013. The official order for the construction of 83 fighter aircraft modification Mk-1A company HAL received in November last year.
To date, HAL has transferred five Tejas fighter jets to the Indian Air Force, and plans to deliver a couple more planes in the next ten days. All of them are designed to arm 45 Squadron Flying Daggers ("Flying Daggers"), based in the city of Bangalore. Tejas will replace the outdated Soviet-made MiG-21 in service with the Indian Air Force.
The Tejas fighter is 13,2 m long, its wingspan is 8,2 m, its height is 4,4 m. The empty plane weighs 5,5 t, its maximum take-off weight is 15,5 t. missiles and auxiliary equipment transfers "Warspot"