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The naval version of Texas lands on the carrier at an important milestone. Indian News


NEW DELHI: The naval version of Texas aircraft made its first landing on the deck of the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya on Saturday, at an important milestone in the aircraft’s development.

Military officials involved in the “arrested landing” of the aircraft said the successful test has put India among a select group of nations that have the ability to design a jet that can land on an aircraft carrier.

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, in a tweet, said the plane’s successful landing at inS Vikramaditya is a “big event” in the history of the Indian fighter jet development program.

He congratulated the DRDO and the Indian Navy on the successful test.

The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) is involved in the development of the Texas naval variant together with the Aeronautics Development Agency (ADA), the Aircraft Research and Design Center of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd and the CSIR among others.

“After completing extensive testing at the ground testing facility, DRDO, ADA developed LCA Navy made a landing arrested at INS Vikramaditya successfully today at 10:02 AM,” a DRDO spokesman said.

A similar test was conducted at a ground testing facility in Goa in September last year.

The naval version of Texas light fighter jets is in development.

Officials said the successful “arrested landing” of the prototype naval version of Texas on the deck of the INS Vikramaditya is expected to accelerate the development of the aircraft for the Indian Navy.

The Indian Air Force has already included a batch of Texas aircraft.

Initially, the IAF had placed an order with the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for 40 Texas aircraft.

In 2018, the IAF issued the request for proposal (RFP) to HAL for the acquisition of another batch of 83 Texas at a cost of more than 50,000 rs crore.

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