India’s Light Combat Aircraft, ‘Tejas’ demonstrated its Air-to-Air and Beyond-Visual-Range missile firing capability on Friday with the successful test firing of the Derby missile, IANS reported. The report also quotes an official statement that says, “The missile launch was performed in lock-on-after-launch mode for a BVR target in the look-down mode and the target was destroyed.”
The desired objective of the said test was to evaluate the Derby missile’s integration with Tejas’ on-board systems including the avionics, fire-control radar, launchers and missile weapon delivery system, in order to verify its performance. The statement also said that this process was followed by missile guidance towards the concerned target.
Terming the launch as flawless, the statement further added that it had demonstrated that all the onboard systems were performing to satisfaction. “The test firing achieved all its planned objectives. The Derby firing is a major step towards clearing BVR capabilities on LCA aircraft for FOC (final operational clearance),” it said. Tejas is a single seat, single jet engine, multi-role fighter, which had been designed by the Aeronautical Development Agency and developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, for the Indian Navy and the Air Force. According to a report by News Nation, HAL and ADA had previously given the first 2 Tejas aircraft on July 1, 2016, to the Air Force. It also states that the aircraft had a double delta wing configuration with no tailplanes or a single dorsal fin.
Tejas is reported to be an integration of technologies, like the static stability, fly-by-wire control system, multi-mode radar, integrated digital avionics system among other things. It is also known to the lightest and the smallest aircraft in its class amongst modern supersonic aircraft.