AN INDIAN Navy Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) LCA Navy fighter caught an arresting cable at a shore-based test facility in Goa for the first time on September 13.
The first naval prototype of the Tejas fighter, KHNT3001 (NP-1), deployed its tailhook to successfully recover on a 295ft (90m) stretch of runway at the shore-based test facility at INS Hansa in Goa. The two-seater had previously flown a sortie of around 40 minutes in the hands of test pilot Commodore J A Maolankar.
The latest milestone paves the way for the carrier variant of the jet to undertake shipborne trials on the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya. The initial arrested landing was undertaken by HAL and the Indian Navy under the supervision of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA).