Tejas clears maiden mid-air refueling trial
India’s indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas (LSP8) on Monday passed its maiden mid-air refueling trial. In its first Wet (actual) engagement, Tejas transferred 1900 kg fuel from Indian Air Force (IAF) IL78 mid-air refueling tanker. The refueling was carried out at an altitude of 20000 ft.
According to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the maker of Tejas, along with Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), the aircraft speed was 270 knots and all the internal tanks and drop tanks were refueled.