In another tweet, Modi added: Flying in Tejas today, I can say with immense pride that due to our hard work and dedication, we are no less than anyone in the world in the field of self-reliance. Heartiest congratulations to the Indian Air Force, DRDO and HAL as well as all Indians.”

Tejas, a light combat aircraft, has garnered international interest, with GE Aerospace and HAL jointly producing engines for the Mk-II-Tejas following a pact during the prime minister’s US visit.