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Singapore Defence Minister praises Tejas once again

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  30 Nov 2017 12:00 AM GMT

New Delhi, Nov 29: Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen on Wednesday once again heaped praise on indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas, in which he flew on Tuesday, and said he was impressed by the aircraft as well as the pilot.

“It’s not very often that Defence Minister of another country can get the privilege of being flown in the light combat aircraft Tejas and as I said yesterday I am utterly impressed with your pilot and the aircraft,” Ng said.

Ng was flown in the Tejas aircraft at Kalaikunda airforce station in West Bengal, where two Tejas aircraft had been brought in from Bengaluru.

The Project Director for Flight Testing at the Aeroutical Development Agency, Air Vice Marshal AP Singh was the pilot who flew the visiting Singapore minister on an around half an hour sortie.

Ng had called Tejas a “very good plane” on Tuesday but did not say if Singapore was interested in buying the fighter jet.

Indigenously developed by the Aeroutical Development Agency, and produced by Hindustan Aeroutics Ltd, Tejas, as a fourth generation aircraft, can fly at 1,350 km per hour and is comparable to the world’s best fighters, including French Mirage 2000, American F-16 and Swedish Gripen. (IANS)

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