After taking-off in the Tejas fighter jet from the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) airport in Bengaluru, Union Minister Rajnath Singh became the first Defence Minister to fly the indigenously built Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) on Thursday.
Singh was accompanied by Vice Air Marshal N Tiwari during the first run of the twin-seater version of Tejas. The Defence Minister was draped in a G-suit with a flying helmet. Before flying the Tejas, Rajnath Singh shared his pictures on micro-blogging site Twitter with a caption “all set” for the big day.
Singh was in the jet for around 30 minutes after which he lauded the HAL officials while talking to the media. He said Tejas is a capable jet and would power the Indian Air Force.