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Rajnath Singh creates history, becomes first Defence Minister to fly LCA Tejas

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Bengaluru: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Thursday flew in the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas from the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd’s (HAL) Bengaluru airport. Singh became the first Indian defence minister ever to fly in the fighter jet.

He was accompanied by Air Vice Marshal N Tiwari, who is also the Project Director, National Flight Test Centre, ADA (Aeronautical Development Agency) in Bengaluru.

“Flying on ‘Tejas’, an Indigenous Light Combat Aircraft from Bengaluru’s HAL Airport was an amazing and exhilarating experience. Tejas is a multi-role fighter with several critical capabilities. It is meant to strengthen India’s air defence capabilities,” Rajnath Singh tweeted after his sortie.

 

Before taking off for a 30-minute sortie, Rajnath Singh was acquainted with the air prowess of LCA Tejas by the pilots of the 45 Squadron Flying Daggers. For his part, the defence minister also tried to familiarise himself with the formidable fighter jet developed completely in India.

The Tejas is an indigenous light weight, multi role supersonic aircraft developed in both fighter and trainer versions.Advanced materials like composites are used in the manufacture of the Tejas to reduce weight and increase the component life. The Tejas is designed to carry a veritable plethora of air-to-air, air-to- surface, precision guided and standoff weaponry.

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I want to request everyone to follow the guidelines given by PM Modi – Urvashi Rautela

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Actress and former beauty queen Urvashi Rautela requests everyone to follow the guidelines of lockdown. she herself has been spending time at home, and steadfastly avoided stepping out or meeting people.

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She said ,”I have been spending time with family. I am doing household chores. I am reading books. I am actually enjoying my time. I am at home, not stepping out and not even meeting anyone. I want to request everyone to follow the guidelines given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Let”s not go out and stay home because that is the only way we can fight this pandemic.

Urvashi is gearing up for the release of her film “Virgin Bhanupriya” on an OTT platform.

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