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from BUSINESS LINE, January 10, 2011 Bangalore, Jan. 9 - Tejas, the first fighter plane designed and developed in the country, crosses a major milestone on Monday.
Ten years after it made its historic first test flight, the light combat aircraft - the world's lightest - is set to be released to the Air Force for further flights before it is finally cleared in a few years for induction into service.
Tejas is a 'fourth-generation' fighter on par with contemporary technologies. Developed at an initial cost of Rs 5,600 crore, it is expected to form seven squadrons of the Air Force when it joins service in three to five years.
In the next decade, the IAF is …