India’s renowned & seasoned aerospace defence journalist Dr. Anantha Krishnan M reported yesterday on his Facebook page that SP-6 will fly first ahead of SP-5, the jet is warming up at the HAL hangars and is expected to have its maiden flight shortly. Interestingly fourth series production Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas-SP4 (LA-5004 ) completed its first flight in March but HAL will skip sequential test flight this time since SP6 will be airborne before SP5.
SP-5 and SP-6 both were assembled at different production line and SP-5 was assembled at Second production line which was earlier used as Kiran hangar. HAL has used erstwhile Kiran hangar to set up this additional production line which can produce three LCA Tejas per annum and 8 per annum with both production line.
Meanwhile, on May 11, 2017, TEJAS NP-2 carried out a touch and go on AGS site, leading to carrier compatibility flight testing phase.
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