LCA Tejas Successfully Fired Derby Air-to-Air BVR Missile, Clears Critical FOC Milestone

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In a successful Test-Firing of Air-to-Air Beyond Visual Rage (BVR) Missile from India’s own indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, demonstrating its overall capability as an effective combat jet, it come a step closer to final operation clearance, the government said on Saturday.

Defence Minister Officials said the test firing of missile is carried out on Saturday off the Goa coast, the missile was launched by LCA Tejas piloted by Wing Commander Siddharth Singh.

LCA Tejas firing Israeli Derby Air-to-Air BVR Missile

“Integration of Derby, a BVR class missile, is one of the major objectives of Final Operational Clearance (FOC) of LCA Tejas,” a Defence ministry said in statement.

The HAL Tejas is an Indian single-seat, single-jet engine, multirole light fighter designed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Indian Air Force and Navy.

To capture this event, two other Tejas Aircraft fly in close formation with specially instrumented high speed cameras for detailed analysis of the test launch of the missile.

The entire test firing event was carried out by Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and its National Flight Test Centre (NFTC).

Derby Air-To-Air Missile

“The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) successfully fired Derby air-to-air BVR Range missile to expand the firing envelope as well as to demonstrate safe operation of the aircraft,” the Defence Ministry said.

This demonstration bring it a step closer to Final Operation Clearance.

“Based on the successful integration and demonstration, Regional Centre for Military Airworthiness (RCMA), a unit of DRDO has cleared the series production aircraft of Squadron 45, to be equipped with Derby operational capability,” a statement said.