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IAF to deploy LCA Tejas Mk-1 along the China border for the first time

Source : Indian Defence Update (IDU)

IAF to deploy LCA Tejas Mk-1 along the China border for the first time
An Indian Air Force LCA Tejas Mk-1 during its winter trials 2 years back


The Indian Air Force will move out the first Tejas squadron Flying Daggers (No.45 Squadron of the IAF) from its Sulur Airbase Bengaluru to the border on the Eastern front to tackle the rising scrambles of fighter jets on the Ladakh front.

The Indian Air Force has been using Mig-29UPG and Mirage-2000 to counter Chinese fighter jets in the region and regular scrambles by the Chinese fighter jets in the area is seen as an attempt to tire down the Indian Air Force fleet and the Air Force has now decided to deploy French Dassault Rafale and Tejas Mk 1 squadron that will reduce fatigue by other fleets operating in the area and will also take care of any possible action by the adversary.

During its winter trials in Ladakh, the LCA Tejas Mk-1 had demonstrated its ability to operate in extreme cold temperatures of around minus -15 degrees celsius without any external assistance.

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