The 16th prototype of the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) --- classified as prototype vehicle number 6, or PV-6 --- made its first flight on Saturday, November 8th.
The aim of the flight, according to the defence ministry, "was to check the twin cockpit functionality, which is similar to series production two-seater aircraft". This is the final prototype before beginning series production.
According to the ministry, "All systems functioned as expected during the 36 minute flight."
PV-6, which is the second two-seater Tejas built, is capable of delivering all the air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons that the Indian Air Force (IAF) has specified for Final Operational Clearance.
The aircraft was piloted by Group Captain Vivart Singh and Group Captain Anoop Kabadwal.