The Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully carried out a night-time 'arrested landing' of the naval variant of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas. LCA Tejas is an indigenously-developed aircraft.
The DRDO wrote on Twitter along with a video that the landing was carried out on Tuesday to demonstrate ease of handling and confidence.
"First night time arrested landing of LCA Navy carried out successfully at SBTF Goa on 12 Nov at 1845 hrs to demonstrate ease of handling and confidence achieved in arrested landing technologies. Hon'ble Raksha Mantri congratulated DRDO, Indian Navy and HAL for the achievement," the PSU tweeted.
Just two months ago, the DRDO had carried out the first "arrested landing" of the two-seater LCA (Navy) Tejas at a shore-based facility in Goa. That was a "textbook landing", the agency had said in September.
"A normal LCA needs a runway spanning about 1-km for take-off and landing. But, for the naval variant, the take-off stretch is about 200 m and landing needs 100 m. Today, the NP-1 made its maiden arrested landing, and it was a textbook landing," a DRDO source had said.
An arrested landing is basically one wherein an aircraft is made to decelerate while landing with the assistance of wires on the runway.
As per sources, LCA (Navy) Tejas is now likely to undergo an aircraft carrier compatibility test.
The DRDO, Aeronautical Development Agency, Aircraft Research and Design Centre of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd and CSIR are among the several agencies involved in the development of the naval variant of Tejas.
While the naval variant of LCA Tejas is under development, the Indian Air Force has already inducted the Tejas aircraft.
Watch the video of the LCA (Navy) Tejas' night-time landing: