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Completes 100th flight in Tejas

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BANGALORE, FEB. 3. He has done something very few pilots have done. Group Captain R.K.S. Bhandauria, test pilot at the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) here, completed his 100th sortie on the Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas, today. He has become the second test-pilot to achieve this feat after Squadron Leader Suneet Krishna, and all systems of the aircraft are performing well, the ADA said.

Three Tejas aircraft have been flying for expansion of the "flight test envelope" to an altitude of 15 km, Mach 1.4 speeds and angle of attack of 20 degrees with +4.5 G to -1 G forces, the ADA said. So far, eight test pilots of the Indian Air Force have evaluated these aircraft, including Air Commodore R.K. Sharma, Project Director of the ADA. Tejas aircraft have so far completed 187 hours of flight-testing in 340 flight-test sorties on three prototype aircraft.

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