The 4th generation aircraft is capable of carrying assorted weapon load and can drop tanks up to four tons. It has some of the latest avionics and digital flight control systems.
The LCA though many say is still not 100 per cent ready and the IAF which has long waited for this believes many more tests need to be done before it can be a truly cutting edge machine.
The project, which has taken 27 long years to reach this stage, has been bogged down by technology denials, leading to financial constraints and cost escalations. But with this operational clearance there are now plans to start the Medium Combat Aircraft
However, Defence Minister AK Antony now says that money will not be a problem.
Only a handful of countries can be proud to make their aircraft. The team behind Tejas now hopes that this plane will be a stepping-stone to greater success.