Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa took to the skies in Yelahanka over Bengaluru city in the indigenously designed and developed aircraft LCA Mk I Tejas at 1645 hours on February 14, 2017. The Air Chief Marshal flew with Air Vice Marshal A.P. Singh, the Principal Director Test Flight of the National Flight Test Centre Air. During the sortie, Chief of the Air Staff demonstrated the operational capability of the aircraft which included agility, manoeuvrability and advanced interface of avionics. The profile included general handling, air-to-air and ground attack patterns.
The Air Chief Marshal was impressed by its capability expressing his faith in the programme. The Tejas aircraft has achieved initial operational clearance (IOC) and has been inducted into the Indian Air Force.