Team Tejas, India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) project, set a new record by flying 500 sorties this year. This is the highest achieved in a calendar year so far. The previous record stood at 300 sorties. Tejas was given its initial operational clearance by the IAF on December 20.
In 2013, the team participated in seven detachments across the country and carried out tests like shutting off and reignition of the engine, high energy brake testing, flight envelope expansion, missile firing with radar guidance, air-to-ground weapon testing and wet runway trials, the DRDO said.