A book commissioned on the Indian Tejas light fighter by the Indian Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) was released during Aero India 2021.
The book release took place in the presence of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, Army Chief General MM Naravane, Dr G. Satheesh Reddy. Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, DRDO and Dr. Tessy Thomas Director General (Aeronautical Systems) at DRDO.
The monograph called ‘Radiance in Indian Skies – The Tejas Saga’ covers the development of the Tejas fighter aircraft which is considered as independent India’s most ambitious aeronautical project.
‘Radiance in Indian Skies – The Tejas Saga’ features forewords from Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, Dr G. Satheesh Reddy Chairman DRDO, Dr. VS Arunachalam former SA to RM. Govt of India and Dr VK Aatre, former SA to RM, Govt of India.
The book features 26 chapters along with two annexures on the development of the LCA’s digital fly by wire system written by Dr. KG Narayanan and the design and development of the air-to-air refuelling capability for Tejas written by V Krishnaprasad from ADA.
The book also provides an insight into the unsung role of many of the scientists and test pilots associated with the programme.
The 194 page book charts the mammoth multi-disciplinary effort required to deliver a modern Indian combat aircraft and the revival of Indian fighter aircraft development capability after a 40 year gap, following the design of the HF-24 Marut in the sixties.
The Tejas programme has already resulted in orders for 123 aircraft, development of a naval variant, a follow-on version in the Tejas Mk2 and set the ground for the development of the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) and a Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF).
‘Radiance in Indian Skies – The Tejas Saga’ is authored by Air Marshal Phillip Rajkumar (Retd) who was the first project director (Flight Test) of the LCA project under the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA). He spent nine years in the programme from 1994 to 2003 was instrumental in setting up the National Flight Test Centre (NFTC) in 1994, which has since performed 5,000 protoype test flights safely. His co-author BR Srikanth is a well known writer on technology matters for over two decades, who has also co-authored an earlier DRDO monograph ‘The Incredible Journey of the Indian AWACS’ along with Dr K. Ramchand and S Krishnaswamy.
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