India’s indigenously developed and designed Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA) has completed its first supersonic flight while carrying weapons, marking the type’s entry into its operational flight-test phase. The aircraft flew beyond Mach 1 for 25min armed with two air-to-air missiles. The LCA has been developed by the the country’s Aeronautical Development Agency and is manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics
. Four LCAs have completed 525 flights since the type’s maiden flight in January 2001.