The Secretary, Department of Defence Research & Development, Chairman, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Director General, Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy handing over the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) for LCA Air Force Mk1 to the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, in Bengaluru on February 20, 2019.

New Delhi:

20 th February 2019 is a significant day in the journey of Light Combat
Aircraft Tejas MK I for Indian Air Force (IAF), when the formal declaration of
Final Operational Clearance (FOC) of the aircraft was made by Secretary
Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy. The day also
witnessed the handing over of FOC Certificate and Release to Service
Document (RSD) to the Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, in the
presence of Defence Secretary Shri Sanjay Mitra and Chairman and Managing
Director of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited Shri R Madhavan.

FOC involves addition of key capabilities to the Initial Operational
Clearance (IOC) aircraft which are Beyond Visual Range Missile capabilities. Air-
to-Air Refuelling, Air-to-Ground FOC earmarked weapons and general flight
envelope expansion.

The RSD provides the capabilities, features and technologies that FOC
standard Aircraft will have on Induction into IAF. The FOC standard Aircraft
drawings have already been handed over to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
(HAL) to start production after incorporating key changes over the IOC
standard Aircraft.

Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) of the aircraft took place in the year
2013 and IOC standard Aircraft were inducted into IAF No. 45 Squadron, in July
2016. The IAF Squadron has since flown over
1500 sorties successfully on the Aircraft. It is a proud day for all the
agencies involved in the design, development and production of the aircraft
i.e., Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), the autonomous society of
DRDO as the design agency and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) as the
manufacturer. Many other DRDO laboratories like ADE, GTRE, LRDE, CEMILAC
etc., as well as other agencies such as BEL, CSIR, DG-AQA, and Private sector
agencies have contributed in the journey of LCA.