Rajnath Singh cbecomes 1st defence minister of India to fly in LCA Tejas

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday flew in the Tejas fighter aircraft from the HAL airport in Bengaluru, becoming the first defence minister to fly in the indigenously built light combat aircraft.

He was accompanied by Air Vice Marshal N Tiwari, who is also the Project Director, National Flight Test Centre, ADA in Bengaluru.

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The minister flew a sortie in the twin-seater version of Tejas from HAL airport in Bengaluru. Wearing a G-suit, Rajnath Singh had earlier on Thursday posted photos on Twitter saying he was “all set” for the big day.

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A defence ministry official had on Wednesday said the minister would be “taking a sortie” in order to boost the morale of officers who have been involved in the development of “indigenously-made Tejas”.

Official sources said, “It will also boost the morale of IAF pilots who are flying these aircraft.”

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