The first prototype of the Tejas MK1A, which is actually the planned mass production version of the Tejas and the base for all others, has made its first flight in secret, according to Indian authorities. According to the Indian Ministry of Defence, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited carried out the test flight close to their manufacturing plant.
The aircraft with serial production number SP-25 was first upgraded by HAL to Tejas MK1A level, which was at MK1A level. Over the course of the next 30 months, the SP-25 will go through certification tests while serving as a test platform for the complete MK1A version production line.
Following test results, Tejas MK1A deliveries will start in March 2024. In 2029, all 83 aircraft that the Indian Air Force has ordered are expected to be delivered.