On popular demand, here's the first photograph of the first prototype of the two-seater trainer version of the Tejas LCA. I took the photograph at HAL Bangalore. Please reproduce only with due credit.
The trainer, HAL hopes, will fly within three months. The under-construction version that you see in the photograph was about to be taken for its "structural coupling test", in which various sensors are excited and the aircraft response evaluated.
Designing the two-seater has taken some doing. The second cockpit has been installed at the place where all the avionics and controls are fitted for the single-seater version. The duplication of controls, and the reconfiguration of equipment has required major redesign.
But anyway, here it is. Enjoy!