Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was seen in a G-suit today as he preps himself up for flying in indigenously-built light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas from the HAL airport in Bengaluru.
He will be the first defence minister to fly in the aircraft. Singh will be accompanied by Air Vice Marshal N Tiwari, National Flight Test Centre, ADA (Aeronautical Development Agency) in Bengaluru.
Taking it to Twitter, Singh shared pictures of him in the G-suit and wrote, “All set for the day.” Singh, 68, will fly a sortie in the twin-seater version of Tejas from the HAL airport in the city after a briefing by Indian Air Force pilots.
The Union minister said that this will also boost the morale of IAF pilots who are flying these aircraft. The minister will be briefed by IAF officers before taking a sortie on Thursday.
The IAF has already inducted a batch of Tejas aircraft. The naval version of the LCA is in development stage. Last Friday in Goa, Tejas had successfully carried out an “arrested landing”, a key performance demonstrating its ability to land on board an aircraft carrier, making it a major milestone in development of the naval variant of the fighter jet.
“The minister will fly a sortie in the twin-seater version of Tejas on Thursday. He will be flying from HAL airport in Bengaluru,” another official from the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday.
Singh would also be attending an exhibition of products of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Bengaluru on Thursday, he had said.