India has produced the lightest supersonic fighter in the world, which will replace old MiG 21. 13-ton plane, called Tejas, began to be designed since the mid-1980s. The first flight was conducted by Tejas on 4 January 2001, reports RIA Novosti.
Indian Air Force made a request for 200 single-seat aircraft Tejas and 20 two-seater aircraft for training. "This is a historic moment for Aryan forces and the scientific community. India has entered the elite list of powers capable platform to build from scratch, " said the Indian authorities.
The first 40 aircraft will be equipped with General Electric F404 engines. Meanwhile, Indian design engineers with French experts with a local gas turbine engine, called Kaveri. Russia Kaveri engine began testing in autumn 2010.
The news comes days after Beijing press commented on Wednesday, the general picture recently published a website with Chinese governmental invisible fighter Chengdu J-20, developed for the military in China.