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Thursday, 26 November 2009

NEWS FLASH... PV-5 Tejas twin-seater makes a successful 30 minute flight!!


Air Marshall Tyagi (centre) with Dr D Banerjee (DRDO, CC Aerospace). Rohit Verma is next to Tyagi, while Gp Capt Tyagi flanks Banerjee.


PV-5 takes off from the HAL airfield in Bangalore. The twin-seater has not yet been painted... the yellow is the colour of the composites from which most of the skin is made


This is the DRDO release, issued at 18:30 hours today:

TEJAS TRAINER MAKES SUCCESSFUL MAIDEN FLIGHT

Two seater (Trainer) version of Tejas (PV-5) made its maiden flight on 26 Nov 09. The flight took off from HAL,Airport at 1300 hrs. The successful maiden flight covered an altitude of 9km and Mach number 0.85. The prototype was flown by Gp Capt Ritu Raj Tyagi of the National Flight Test Centre (NFTC). Air Cmde Rohit Varma, Project Director (Flight Test) flew in the rear cockpit. Wg Cdr (Retd) PK Raveendran, Group Director (Flight Test) was the Test Director. Extensive preparatory work that has gone in resulted in the first flight profile being executed with clock work precision. All the objectives set out for the flight were achieved and all the systems on board the new prototype performed well through out the sortie.

Successful flight of Tejas trainer is a major milestone for Tejas programme and a significant achievement for all the stake holders in the programme, which include ADA, HAL, NAL, ADE, CEMILAC, DGAQA, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy. With the Tejas scheduled to be cleared for Initial Operations with the Indian Air Force by end 2010, successful maiden flight of Tejas trainer has given a fillip to the programme. The trainer when fully developed will have the full operational capability from the rear cockpit as well. As Tejas Trainer has a lot of commonality with Tejas Naval version, even Tejas Navy programme would see accelerated progress as a result of the successful first flight.

As the first flight coincided with the programme review by the Air Force, the historic event was witnessed by Air Mshl NV Tyagi, AVSM, VM, VSM, who was the Chairman of the Review Committee along with Mr Ashok Nayak, Chairman, HAL, Chief Controller, DRDO Dr D Banerjee and Mr PS Subramanyam, Programme Director (Combat Aircraft) & Director, ADA.



35 comments:

  1. Well done DRDO, HAL and ofcourse the marvellous test pilots!

    tum jiyo hazaaron saal
    saal ke din hon pachaas hazaar !

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  2. Shukla ji

    I wish i could give you a kg of KAJU BARFI from my side.awesome news.
    Rasogulla eater

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  3. PICTURES PLEASE !!!!!

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  4. Well done ADA/Hal. Congratulations to all and a great day fot Indian Military Aviation. Good potential to fill IAF/IN Trainer/Lift Trainer roles. God speed !

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  5. Great news..........
    Congrats ADA.........

    How are the moods over there ajai....

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  6. Awesome..........thats fantastic news.

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  7. the news is great, but my questions in ur previous post r still the same

    Q1 can these trainers be used in wartime situations

    Q2 wats powering these planes, can we use the enhanced GE414 being developed by GE (for MRCA deal)
    to power these planes

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  8. When can we have the pics Ajai ji. Please Please Please get us some pics!!

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  9. Where are the pics of the flight shukla ji????
    We're hungry.. TIA

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  10. Are there any pics of the flight??? shukla ji we're desperate to see them... TIA

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  11. shukla Ji plz post big pics, anyway thanks

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  12. Thanks Shukla Ji, plz post more pics in HQ

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  13. Great news. The happiest event in the past few weeks by a fair margin.

    A very apt day chosen to test-fly the aircraft.

    Good luck and Godspeed to every one involved.

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  14. Boy I miss Vincent these days

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  15. Tested patience to limit. But you did it.Doesn't have words to say thanks and mere thanks is just too little.

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  16. wow yippee, a two seater plane that is exactly the same as the one seater plane (flown 1000+times) but with less fuel and with 1 self loading baggage flew for the first time today. time to break out the special daal and party like its 1974 (LCA's inspiration - Mirage1).

    -vincent

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  17. Lights after dark ages! Well done DRDO. Well done India.

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  18. finally ! and I'm feeling so happy to see it fly ! The only crib is that why on earth didn't they release some good pics of PV5 itself !? I mean, don't these guys understand anything about PR ?!

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  19. What about also mentioning and posting missile launch failures which is a strategic shame

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  20. bravo !! keep the good momentum going

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  21. Now put Tejas one and two-seater into production in large numbers. Enough testing already.

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  22. Awesome news! Ya, some pics would be great.

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  23. Ajai, whats new in the PV-5 apart from it being a twin seater? I mean, anything new in its avionics etc which will be there single seaters as well?

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  24. No point of making twin-seater or single seater if the engine is foreign.

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  25. are ajai sir just heard

    The Kaveri engine meant for Tejas is currently undergoing altitude tests in Russia.

    The GTRE is developing a marine version of Kaveri engine, by adding low-pressure compressors and turbine as gas generator to generate power in partnership with the Navy.

    Q. Do u think any of these measures r viable for survival of Kaveri engine.

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  26. The trainer when fully developed will have the full operational capability from the rear cockpit as well

    WHAT DO THEY MEAN BY THAT ?. RIGHT NOW THE REAR SEAT IS JUST A SEAT WITHOUT ANY FUNCTIONALITY ?

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  27. No point of making twin-seater or single seater if the engine is foreign.

    ^^that would immediately put an end to half the aircraft programs on this planet. kon sa gaun me rehte ho yaar ?

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  28. Ajai Sir:

    I might sound stupid, but i'll like to know one thing from you.

    Does PV-5 packs same hand-operated canopy or it come with powered canopy?

    Thanks!

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  29. Any news about dhruv crash.....

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  30. Congratulations DRDO. You are pride of India. God bless you.
    Now Go ahead with the testing of radar, weapons etc.

    Ajai sir, looking forward to see some more pics of trainer.

    Sir I have a request.
    I believe many people like me only knows that you served in army but have no idea for how long & which regiment etc.
    So, Can you please tell us something about that or if possible put your detailed profile here on this blog.

    Thanks

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  31. @Madhusudhan

    Any alteration or new addition to a old design requires separate set of test in entire length and breadth. This is done to test and improve the design/alteration before certifying it or calling it operational. Same is in the case of PV-5.

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  32. Isn't yellow also the colour of primer they use. It might be that right?

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  33. Congrats to all

    DRDO/ADA/HAL will make twin seater trainer for all versions of Tejas.

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