TEJAS, India’s indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), has been cleared to
carry the 5th generation Python-5 air-to-air missile (AAM) as a part of its
weapons package which would significantly enhance its combat abilities, the
Centre said on Wednesday.
The decision was taken on Tuesday after a series of trials were conducted to
validate the performance of the aircraft.
Tejas, India’s indigenous Light Combat Aircraft, added the 5th generation Python-5 Air-to-Air Missile (AAM) in its weapons capability yesterday, 27th April 2021. Trials were also aimed to validate enhanced capability of already integrated Derby Beyond Visual Range (BVR) AAM. pic.twitter.com/HrvtlGefVZ
— DRDO (@DRDO_India) April 28, 2021
The trials were aimed to validate the enhanced capability of the already
integrated Derby Beyond Visual Range (BVR) AAM on TEJAS. The test-firing of
the missile was done in Goa on Tuesday which completed missile trials to
validate its performance under extremely challenging conditions.
The Derby missile achieved a direct hit on a high-speed manoeuvring aerial
target, while the Python-5 missile also managed to achieve 100 per cent hits
which validated the complete capability of these missiles, the statement
Before the trials were conducted, extensive missile carriage flight tests
were done in Bangalore in order to assess the integration of the missile
with TEJAS’ aircraft systems such as avionics, missile weapon delivery
system, flight control system and fire-control radar.
After successful separation trials in Goa, the live launch of the missile on
a Banshee target was done, the defence ministry statement said. The Python-5
missile’s live firing was carried out to validate target engagements from
all aspects and also beyond the visual ranges. The missile hit the aerial
target in all live firings.
“The missiles were fired from TEJAS aircraft of Aeronautical Development
Agency (ADA) flown by Indian Air Force (IAF) Test pilots belonging to
National Flight Test Centre (NFTC),” the statement said.
Union defence minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO, the air force, the
ADA as well as the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) along with others
involved in the trial. DRDO chairman Dr G Satheesh Reddy, meanwhile, lauded
the efforts of the scientists, engineers and technicians from various
organisations and industry, the defence ministry statement added.