US Air Force Chief Goldfein flies Tejas

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Feb 2018 08:28:49


JODHPUR,

Feb 3,

(IANS),

THE US Air Force Chief, General David L Goldfein, flew a sortie in the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas on Saturday at the IAF station here in Rajasthan.He was accompanied on the 40-minute-long sortie by Air Vice Marshal A P Singh.

Gen. Goldfein, along with General Terrence O’Shaughnessy, Commander of the US Pacific Air Force, arrived in India on Thursday, on a visit to boost defence ties between the two nations. He was accorded a Guard of Honour at the South Block on Thursday. He also met his counterpart, Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa, and held bilateral discussions.

The US Air Force Chief is the first foreign military Chief to fly in the indigenous LCA, a single-seat, single-jet engine, multi-role light fighter, which is being pitched as the replacement of the ageing MIG-21 aircraft.Gen. Goldfein tweeted that he looked forward to “deepening the relationship between our two air forces”.