10 quotes that captured the Tejas triumph
Bengaluru, July 1: It was a Friday packed with action in India's Aviation Capital. With Tejas finally getting into the family zone with an IAF number plate, plane devotees had more reasons to cheer.
OneIndia has put together this 'quotation corner' embedding some of the best thoughts of the day from inspiring souls of Indian defence.
Unparalleled pride: Induction of indigenously made Tejas fighter jet into the Air Force fills our hearts with unparalleled pride and happiness - Narendra Modi, Prime Minister
New heights: Moment of National pride. Indigenously developed Tejas fighter jet inducted into Air Force. Tejas will take our air strength to new heights - Manohar Parrikar, Defence Minister
Milestone: It's a milestone so far as indigenisation and self reliance is concerned. The Final Operational Clearance will be by March 2017- Air Marshal Jasbir Walia, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command
Exciting future: The Tejas Squadron would gain strength in the months ahead. We have an exciting future. We are happy that Tejas has finally joined us. - Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria, Deputy Chief of Air Staff.
Great day: It's a great day for ADA and DRDO. Team Tejas is today proud that an idea that took birth in late 1980's has turned into a reality today- Dr S Christopher, DRDO Chief
On track: A memorable day for all of us. It has been years of hard work put together by various agencies that resulted into the formation of first Tejas Squadron. -- T Suvarna Raju, HAL Chairman
Safe and sure: The LCA is unique in terms of safety. It is one of the few development aircraft to have completed over 3180 sorties without any major incident. -- Cmde C D Balaji (Retd), ADA Chief
Inspiring day: When one looks back at the kind of team work that has gone into this project, it's amazing. It is an inspiring day for all of us. -- Air Marshal Rajesh Kumar, Director, PMT, IAF
Action ahead: This is what finally matters, to see the fighter joining the Squadron. From here on it will be action-filled days. Lots of feedback would come for the IAF pilots as well. -- Commodore Jaideep Maolonkar, Chief Test Pilot, NFTC
Mission Mode: I am happy that 2 aircrafts have joined the Squadron. We are on a mission ensuring IAF gets the remaining platforms as planned. -- V Sridharan, GM, Tejas Division