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The Chief of the Staff of the French Air Force,
General Andre Lanata, today flew a sortie on the Indian Air Force’s Light Combat Aircraft
(LCA) ‘Tejas’ in western Rajasthan.The indigenously built aircraft took off from
the Jodhpur Air Force Station. Lanata was in the rear seat of the twin-seat
trainer aircraft, a defence spokesperson said. US Air Force chief General David L Goldfien
had also flown a sortie on the LCA at the air force station on Saturday. Group Captain Rajesh Joshi briefed Lanata
about the air force station, which is strategically located in the western part of the state,
the spokesperson said. Joshi is also the commander of the IAF’s
Jodhpur station. Other IAF aircrafts were also shown to Lanata
who is in the country to enhance bilateral defence cooperation between India and France. ‘Tejas’ is a single-seat, single-jet engine
multi-role aircraft designed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and Hindustan Aeronautical
Limited (HAL). The French air force chief was accompanied
by his wife. They also visited other operational units
of the station, the spokesperson said. The first squadron of ‘Tejas’ was inducted
into the IAF in July 2016.

Tony wyaad

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