LCA ''Tejas'' to be displayed at R''Day parade

New Delhi, Jan 24 (PTI) Displaying its indigenous weaponmanufacturing prowess, India will showcase its home-grownLight Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, its highly-advancedairborne radar and different types of naval torpedos at theRepublic Day parade.

"At this year''s parade, the Trainer version of the Tejasalong with several types of indigenously developed Torpedosand advanced Long Range Solid State Phased Array Radar(LRSTAR) will be displayed," a DRDO official said here.

The LCA was recently granted the Initial OperationalClearance (IOC) and it has moved a step closer towardsinduction into the Indian Air Force.

The trainer version of the Tejas is a tandem seatderivative of the fighter aircraft and will be used by boththe Navy and the IAF.

The LRSTAR would be equipped on the under-developmentAirborne Early Warning and Control System and would carry outsurveillance, detection and tracking of airborne targets also.

The tableau of the premier defence research agency willalso showcase the naval underwater weapon systems includingthe light weight torpedo and heavy weight torpedo ''Varunastra''which is in the final phases of technology development, andthe ''Maareech'' decoy System which diverts enemy underwatermissiles and prevents them from hitting own ships.

The Life Sciences laboratories of the DRDO will alsodisplay their equipment at the parade.

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