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Delayed by pandemic, IAF to deploy Tejas on western front by mid of this year

The Indian Air Force (IAF) will start deploying indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas on the western front by mid of this year from their home base in Sulur, Tamil Nadu. The indigenous aircraft was temporarily deployed in the west near the Pakistan border last year to any action from the opponents.  

Recently LCA Tejas test-fired Python-5 Close Combat missile and also has cleared the use of R-37 and Derby air-to-air missile and same will also be upgraded on the first squadron before they are cleared to operate from the frontline base. Astra Mk1 air-to-air missile will take some time to get clearance to be operationalised in the LCA Tejas due to the limited production rate of the missile system. 

The second squadron of LCA Tejas currently at the home base in Sulur, Tamil Nadu to be delivered in the next two months. The first squadron will move to the western front base to make space for the second. FOC variant of the second squadron is likely to be posted at Srinagar Air Force Base to replace the MiG-21 squadron at the Air Force station. 

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