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India refuels Tejas fighter midair over Gwalior in MP

IANS  |  Bengaluru 

In a first, India's defence behemoth (HAL) on Monday refuelled a fighter aircraft midair over in Madhya Pradesh, said the company here.

"The light combat aircraft (LCA) LSP8 was transferred 1,900kg fuel from an (IAF) IL78 aerial refuelling tanker at an altitude of 20,000 feet," said in a statement.

The milestone of refuelling the internal tanks and drop tanks (external fuel tanks) was done at 9.30 a.m over skies, 400km north of capital Bhopal, when the aircraft was at 270 knots speed.

"With this, joins the group of countries who have developed the air-to-air system for military class of aircraft," of R. Madhavan said in the statement.

The flight was piloted by Wing of the National Flight Test Centre, with designers from and Bengaluru-based Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) monitoring the parameters from the ground station at

A dry run of refuelling was held on September 4 and 6 over the same air space.

"The performance of (mainly fuel and flight control systems) during the trial were in line with the design requirements and was closely matching with the results of ground tests of air-to-air refuelling system," added.



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First Published: Mon, September 10 2018. 17:00 IST