|Photo Courtesy M Anantha Krishnan|
16 Months Later, New Tejas Airframe Ready To Fly
No new Tejas airframe has flown since November 2010 flight of the LSP-5 (the LSP-6 is a special airframe to achieve envelope expansion). Now, with final ground tests nearing completion, the airframe is finally ready for its first flight. The LSP-7 and LSP-8 have been earmarked for user trials by the Indian Air Force, and will be the final two limited series production aircraft. They will be followed by series production (SP-1, 2 etc) aircraft.