The naval prototype of India’s domestic Light Combat Aircraft performed an arrested landing on the deck of the INS Vikramaditya. The aircraft carrier is currently deployed to keep an eye on China-Pakistan military drills.
“After completing extensive trials on the Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF), the naval version of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) did a successful arrested landing onboard INS Vikramaditya at 1002 hours on Saturday,” a statement from India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) said.
The maiden landing was praised by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh as an important milestone in the development of the naval version of India’s single-engine, delta wing, multirole light fighter, the HAL Tejas.
We congratulate @indiannavy, DRDO & ADA on successful arrested landing of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Navy onboard of aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya succesfully today. Our salute to Commodore Jaideep Maolankar who did the maiden landing.
The INS Vikramaditya, with a fleet of MiG-29K fighter jets on board, is currently deployed to monitor the nine-day ‘Sea Guardians 2020’ naval exercise, which was kicked off by Beijing and Islamabad in the northern part of the Arabian Sea on Monday.