Tejas lands in Leh

DRDO Press Release: Tejas programme reached a major milestone when the prototype vehicle PV-3 landed at Leh on 13 Dec 08 at 1326 hrs. The event is significant on many counts. Leh airfield in Ladakh region situated at an altitude of 10,600 ft is one of the highest airfields in the world. The prevailing temperature ranges from plus 5 to minus 20 deg Celsius.

The objective of the current phase of flight trials at Leh is to expose the onboard systems to the extreme low temperatures while making an assessment of the aircraft performance in the rarified atmospheric conditions. Two Tejas prototypes PV-3 and LSP-2 are involved in this important environmental test. LSP-2 powered by the latest IN20 engine with FADEC is in the Standard of Preparation (SOP) that will be cleared for induction in to Service.

As per reports received from the trial location, the current phase of flight trial is progressing well with aircraft and systems performing well as expected. The aircrafts were soaked overnight in cold weather, with temperature around Minus 20 deg and powered up next day for operation. The operation of the aircraft were satisfactory. Real time telemetry link between Pathankot, the base camp and NFTC of Bangalore is also made operational during the trial.

The success of the trial is the result of team effort of professionals from different organizations involved in the programme such as ADA, HAL, CEMILAC, DG-AQA, ADE, NAL and IAF. The flight trials are being conducted by the Test Pilots and Flight Test Engineers of the National Flight Test Centre (NFTC) under the direction of Air Cmde Rohit Varma Project Director (Flight Test). Senior officers from ADA, HAL and ADE; Mr PS Subramanyam, Director, ADA; Mr Ashok Naik, Managing Director (BC), HAL and Mr PS Krishnan, Director, ADE were present at Leh on this historic occasion.

But here’s a piece in The Hindu that paints a dark picture.

Photo from Tejas hot-weather trials, still awaiting photos from the Leh trials

13 thoughts on “Tejas lands in Leh”

  1. Shiv, I think you have completely forgotten about pay anomalies of armed forces. Or have you been threatened by the babus

  2. Shiv,
    You owe a public apology to all fauji’s for cheating them.
    Atleast show some moral courage and accept that your intent was not clean.

  3. Damn! No pictures. And what is mean by “Awaiting Pictures”? You should have been there for something exclusive….Hope you show us “LCA circling mountains” soon. Waiting!

  4. hey shut up all u cry babies crying for some money!!
    Shiv isnt a high ranked Govt official to go and a have a talk with the ministers to make a hike in our salaries! M sure that he will come up with some news as and when it comes.
    So just take a chill pill and stop hounding him 4 christ’s sake!!

  5. Well..isn’t it really cold up at the altitudes the LCA is supposed to fly? Is this a test to prove that the LCA can start up in cold weather or is it a test to prove that the LCA can fly in cold weather? I’m confused..

  6. Ah…..

    I just cannot wait for the Day when Tejas will be fully integrated in The Indian Airforce

    I just keep seeing dates and dates and dates

    like sunny deol said in some movie of his

    "Tareek pe Tareek pe Tareek pe Tareek pe Tereek"

    I guess that you cannot hurry love and R&D

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