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    India's indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas has successfully completed air-to-air close combat missile firing tests, ahead of its clearance for induction into the Indian Air Force.

    The tests for firing of R-73 missiles took place at the INS Hansa naval air base in Goa where the LCA detachment is currently based as part of the last phase of its flight trials, the Defence Research and Development Organisation said.

    "As a run up to the impending achieving of Initiation Operational Clearance (IOC) and release to service, a Tejas detachment has been operating from INS Hansa in Goa, conducting the last phase of flight trials."

    "One of the main objectives of the current phase of flight trials was clearing the firing envelope of air-to-air close combat missile from the Tejas," a DRDO statement said.
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