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    @ Arihant, HAL proposed that they would trim the weight in some where but mainly in landing gears that were over needed strong and over weight.
    Kopyo-21, yes I've read on other defence forums that there are plans to reduce the weight and the figures quoted vary from 300 to 500 kgs, with 1000 kgs being the wildest, most optimistic figure. I believe a weight reduction of maybe 300 kgs might be seen, but until HAL releases the weight figures, we can't be sure.

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      From Ananth Krishnan's Twitter feed. SP5, whose first flight was delayed due to some issue that was seen during ground runs, is now ready for its first flight, after completing its High Speed Taxi Test. SP7 should be handed over to the squadron soon. That would make its strength 6 SPs + 1 Tejas trainer (PV6).

      #TejasUpdate #7 | SP5 from the 2nd production facility of #HAL (erstwhile Kiran hangar) is ready to kiss the skies. It has completed HSTT & 1st flight likely this week. SP7 finishes contract flying and awaits a letter from #IAF HQ for customer flying.

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        From Ananth Krishnan's Twitter feed.

        1st customer acceptance flight of SP-7 is over. SP-7 will soon join the ranks of Flying Daggers. No 18 Flying Bullets will most probably be the 2nd squadron to be equipped with Tejas.

        #TejasUpdate #8
        The first Customer Acceptance Flight of #Tejas SP-7 is over with No 45 Sqn #FlyingDaggers Co Grp Capt Madhav Rangachari taking the bird out on its official sortie. Couple of more flights and SP-7 will be part of the Sqn soon.

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          Indranil on BRF wrote:
          AMCA and Mk2 has been sanctioned. Hopefully funds will also start to flow in soon.

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            From LCA Tejas's FB page

            LSP-7 (KH-2017) Rolling out for a test sortie in night thereby paving way for future night operational clearances..

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              Late night finishing touch for an early morning test flight by the technicians and supervisors, has been the story for Tejas. Right configuration, right kind of instrumentation, correct SOP, correct FCN, correct hardware/software combination and the correct flight test procedure have been the key elements of Tejas test flying, way different than a normal regular sortie. Data generation through well executed test points has been the main source to validate and improve the design.,
              The Lsp is carrying a Litening LDP. And SP-5 is supposed to have its first flight this week.
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                Some news on SP-5 from BR.

                SP5 has turned out to be the trouble-child of first-time parents. In the latest HSTT, some oil leaks were reported. The aircraft has now been re-assigned to Line 1 for rectification.

                Line 1 is now delivering an aircraft in less than 2 months. The last one was delivered in middle of Dec. So middle of Feb will be a good approximation for the next one from Line 1. SP5 has been almost ready since last July/Aug. It is assumable that the next aircraft from line 2 must also be near ready now. But, it is understandable that they want to hold on to LSTTs/HSTTs till they find out what they were doing wrong with SP5.

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                  For all the Tejas fans out there, here's a short film on No 45 Flying Daggers squadron from the stable of AnantHa Krishnan.



                  This is a Republic Day special.

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                    Some news on Tejas Mk1 from Saurabh Jha's twitter feed

                    Tata Advanced Materials Limited under the quality assurance of NAL has already delivered 3 out of 7 centre fuselage parts for the HAL Tejas build programme up to unit number SP-18.
                    NAL has also completed control law modifications for the FOC version of the Tejas Mk-1.

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                      I guess within 2018, Sq-45 will over out of Bangalore to Sulur. It might also get FoC before moving out but lets see.

                      I am also interested, where second squadron will be created and designated to move?

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                        I guess within 2018, Sq-45 will over out of Bangalore to Sulur. It might also get FoC before moving out but lets see.

                        I am also interested, where second squadron will be created and designated to move?
                        Yes, its very likely that once they reach 12 jets, which will be in 2018, they'll move to Sulur AFS. No.18 Squadron 'Flying Bullets' will be very likely the next one to receive Tejas fighters and they were previously based at Hasimara AFS, operating MiG-27MLs before being numberplated.

                        But with 1 squadron of Rafales being based at Hasimara, it's likely that they'll be based somewhere up north, after spending a couple of years in Bangalore. Being in Bangalore helps in that the flying crew gets to use the simulator and the ground crew being co-located with HAL crews, get trained faster. After they are almost fully ops, they'll move out and the next squadron will move in and so on.
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                          No.45 Squadron "Flying Daggers". From that video that Ananth Krishna shot, there are 8 pilots and 4 technical officers in the squadron, and none below a Squadron Leader's rank. 3 Squadron Leaders, 4 Wing Commanders and 1 Group Captain comprise the pilot pool, and all with varied experience. MiG-21, Jaguar, MiG-29 and Mirage-2000 pilots, so pilots with experience on a variety of jets. I remember seeing Squadron Leader Kartikeya Singh in another video on MiG-21 operations.

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                            From Ananth Krishna's Twitter feed. This was a pic of Sqn Ldr Arjun Patel going on his first solo on the Tejas. Below is a quote from one of the pilots, Wing Cmdr Tolani

                            Tejas is a designer’s marvel. The Test Pilots and the designers have brought in the best of all fleets across the world. It is an intelligent combination of the best systems in the world.


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                              What is the reason behind stationing the Flying Daggers in Sulur? The squadron could have been deployed in the North say in Srinagar or Awantipur where they could have performed QRA and air policing roles.

                              No 18 Flying Bullets is most likely the second squadron to convert to Tejas. I have read about this in a number of places.

                              Grp Capt Rangachari is a Mirage 2000 pilot. Wing Co Tolani is a seasoned MiG-29 guy. Squadron Ldr Kats is a Fighter strike leader. And Wing Co S Shankar aka Danny who is also the 2IC is a Fighter Combat leader.

                              Black Archer, are you aware of the fighter stream to which Danny belongs? His brother, Dino who is also a Wing Co and a Cat A Qualified Flying Instructor is also posted to this squadron.

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                                Wing Cmdr Roy was from the Jaguar fleet, but not sure about either 'Danny' or 'Dino'. Didn't realise that they were the Dhankar brothers, kinda like the Keelor brothers, Denzil and Trevor, in the 1960s-70s

                                I think the reasoning behind posting No.45 Squadron to Sulur was that the Southern Air Command was finally being given fighters. They've gotten Su-30MKIs at Thanjavur AFS and now Tejas at Sulur AFS. Proximity to HAL Bangalore is a big plus as the fleet is still being worked up and they will not yet have fully streamlined the spare parts ordering and stocking at other bases. But you'll see these guys detaching to various air bases up north and in the east, regularly. No.45 squadron has already seen detachments to the north for weapons trials and training. And soon they'll be participating in the IAF wide exercise.

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                                  Thanks Arihant and BlackArcher for your replies

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                                    USAF Chief of Staff to fly Tejas

                                    Chief of United State Air Force will fly India's indeginously build Light Combat Aircraft Tejas on Saturday. This will be the first time, the head of a foreign military is flying Tejas and the move will somehow silence the critics of home grown fighter jet.

                                    General David L. Goldfein, chief of Staff of the US Air Force, who is on his visit to India, will take a sortie in LCA Tejas from Jodhpur Air Force station on Saturday morning. Goldfein along with General Terrence O'Shaughnessy, Commander of US Pacific Air Force, landed in New Delhi on Thursday to boost military ties between the two nations and already had several rounds of discussion with key functionaries of IAF, including Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhano at Air Force headquarters.
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                                    And apparently this is soon to be followed by the French Air Force Chief of Staff flying a Tejas twin seater on February 7th

                                    From Ananth Krishna's twitter feed

                                    #JustIn | After Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, it could be the turn of Gen David L Goldfein, Chief of Staff of @usairforce to fly #Tejas anytime soon. Mil sources also confirm that French AF Chief too lined up for a sortie on #Tejas at Jodhpur on Feb 7.
                                    @NewIndianXpress

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                                      General David L Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the US Air Force, is on an official visit to India. He flew a sortie in LCA Tejas aircraft at AF Stn Jodhpur today on PV6.

                                      This is what I called Tejas diplomacy.



                                      Between Wing Co Roy of No 45 Winged Daggers is a TACDE instructor. Next time when someone says that the IAF isn't very keen on inducting Tejas and accepted it just because it was forced on them that had this been the case IAF wouldn't have posted some of the best Pilots in the business to this squadron. The airforce is upbeat about the Tejas, loves the Tejas and wants to exploit its full potential.
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                                        After the USAF Chief of Staff, its the turn of the French Air Force Chief of Staff to fly onboard the Tejas twin seater.

                                        French Air Force Chief of Staff General Andre Lanata takes sortie on IAF Tejas



                                        JAIPUR: The Chief of the Staff of the French Air Force, General Andre Lanata, on Wednesday flew a sortie on the Indian Air Force's Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) 'Tejas' in western Rajasthan.
                                        The indigenously built aircraft took off from the Jodhpur Air Force Station. Lanata was in the rear seat of the twin- seat trainer aircraft, a defence spokesperson said.
                                        IAF Twitter feed

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                                          Family of fighter pilots. His ather was also Chief of Staf of AdA. Unique i guess.

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