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First-Ever Crash Of Tejas Fighter Jet In Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer, Pilot Safe

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Following the crash of the Tejas fighter jet, several questions have surfaced regarding its safety during operations.

The aircraft had recently undergone an upgrade to its next version, the Mark 2 version of Tejas, and was anticipated to receive higher orders from the Indian Air Force (IAF). Additionally, India had cleared budget approval for the development of the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) Project, projected to be India’s first fifth-generation fighter jet aircraft. However, in the aftermath of this crash, the IAF has initiated an investigation to determine the cause of the accident.

A Tejas aircraft belonging to the Indian Air Force encountered a mishap during a training sortie in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, crashing within the vicinity of a student hostel compound. The incident, occurring around 2 pm, witnessed the safe ejection of the pilot, with no reported injuries on the ground.

This marks the first crash involving the indigenous jet since its maiden test flight over two decades ago in 2001. Notably, the Tejas, a lightweight combat aircraft, was integrated into the Indian Air Force fleet in 2016.


The plane descended onto the grounds near the Lakshmi Chand Sanwal Colony, adjacent to the student hostel in Jaisalmer. Promptly, the Air Force has initiated an inquiry to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the incident.

“The Indian Air Force confirms the occurrence of an accident involving one Tejas aircraft during an operational training sortie in Jaisalmer today. The pilot has been successfully ejected. A thorough investigation, under a Court of Inquiry, has been set in motion to determine the root cause,” stated an official statement by the Indian Air Force.

The first squadron within the Indian Air Force to adopt the Tejas was the esteemed No. 45 Squadron, also known as the ‘Flying Daggers’, in 2016. Subsequently, the No. 18 Squadron joined the ranks in 2020, further bolstering the operational deployment of the Tejas.

Presently, the Indian Air Force has integrated 40 Tejas MK-1 aircraft into its fleet, with an additional 83 Tejas MK-1A fighters awaiting deployment as part of a procurement agreement valued at over ₹ 46,000 crore. Furthermore, in a recent development, the Defence Acquisition Council has given preliminary approval for the acquisition of 97 additional Tejas planes for the force, signaling a continued commitment to indigenous defense capabilities.



Boeing Transfers Rocket Stage to NASA, Paving Way for Human Moon Mission

Boeing Transfers Rocket Stage to NASA, Paving Way for Human Moon Mission

Boeing has achieved a significant milestone by providing NASA with the second core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket.

This crucial component, crafted at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF), is set to propel the Artemis II crew into lunar orbit, marking humanity’s return to deep space after a 50-year hiatus.

The monumental Boeing-built rocket stage, the largest element of the Artemis II mission, will embark on a journey aboard the Pegasus barge, traveling 900 miles to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

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Upon arrival, it will be meticulously integrated with other essential Artemis II components, including the upper stage, solid rocket boosters, and NASA’s Orion spacecraft within the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building. This intricate integration process is a vital step toward the eagerly anticipated Artemis II launch, slated for 2025.


Boeing-built products helped land humankind on the moon in 1969, and we’re proud to continue that legacy through the Artemis generation,” remarked Dave Dutcher, vice president and program manager for Boeing’s SLS program. “Together, with NASA and our industry partners and suppliers, we are building the world’s most capable rocket and paving the way to deep space through America’s rocket factory in New Orleans.”

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The delivery of Core Stage 2 marks a significant achievement in the evolution of the SLS rocket. Towering over 200 feet and powered by four RS-25 engines, this core stage, coupled with two solid-fueled booster rockets, will generate a staggering 8.8 million pounds of thrust. This immense power is crucial to launching Artemis II and future missions into the vast expanse of space.

The SLS rocket stands unparalleled in its capability to transport both crew and substantial cargo to the moon and beyond in a single launch. Its extraordinary capacity will facilitate the delivery of human-rated spacecraft, habitats, and scientific missions to destinations including the moon and Mars, ushering in a new era of space exploration.

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