BANGALORE: The Tejas Light Combat Aircraft Limited Series Production - 7 took off on its maiden flight from HAL airport here today.
This test flight is significant for the programme as LSP-7 build standard is close to the initial operational clearance (IOC) standard, DRDO said in a statement.
"Accordingly, LSP-7 aircraft, along with LSP-8, will be offered to the Indian Air Force for user evaluation trials (UET)", it said.
The flight was also significant considering the fact that for the first time Production Test Schedule was used for the first flight of a LSP aircraft in this programme. This is also the first time a maiden flight of a prototype was not accompanied by the customary 'chase' aircraft, an indicator to the level of confidence in the machine, DRDO said.
The flight lasted 28 minutes with Gp Capt K K Venugopal at the controls in the cockpit and Wg Cdr Kabadwal of National Flight Test Centre (NFTC) as Test Director in the telemetry.
During the test flight, the performance of the aircraft systems, including Multi-mode Radar (MMR), Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS), Auto-pilot and Instrument Landing System (ILS) was satisfactory, it was stated.