The Indian Air Force today operationalises its “Number-18 – Flying Bullets” squadron with the Light Combat Aircraft LCA Tejas at its Sulur base near Coimbatore. It will be launched by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria. The indigenously developed light fighter aircraft is certified with the “Full Operational Clearance” standard.
The Flying Bullets will be the second Indian Air Force squadron to operate with the modern multi-role fighter aircraft. The first squadron with the LCA Tejas known as the Number-45 Flying Daggers is also headquartered at the same base.
A release from the Defence Ministry says the No.18 squadron was formed in 1965 and has the distinction of being the first to land and operate from Srinagar. It has also produced a Param Veer Chakra awardee during the 1971 war with Pakistan. It has been revived on the 1st April this year at the Sulur base.
The LCA Tejas is a tailless, fourth generation, compound delta-wing aircraft developed by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. It is equipped with fly-by-wire flight control system, integrated digital avionics and multimode radar. Its structure is made of composite material. The supersonic combat aircraft is considered the lightest and the smallest of its kind.
Source: News On Air