Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Made in India Tejas fighter planes: IAF to place an order for 83 LCA Mk1A year-end

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is getting ready to finalise a deal with the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for procuring 83 the Mk1A version of the Light Combat Aircraft `Tejas’. “Most likely the deal which will be around Rs 38,000 crore, is expected to be inked in December. Though there is no confirmed date yet,” company sources told Financial Express Online,
Once the deal is done, it will be a major boost not only to the order book of the HAL, but will give a huge boost to `Make in India’ initiative in the defence sector.
Earlier this year, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) had given its approval for the procurement of 83 LCA `Tejas’ and the next step is getting approval by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS). “This is a critical step, as the deal has been getting delayed over price issues, as it was on the higher side. In the deal when it is firmed up there will be 10 twin seater which according to sources “is going to be used as the trainers by the IAF.”
As has been reported by Financial Express Online, this single engine, four and a half generation indigenous fighter will be replacing the MiG-21 Bison.
These indigenous fighters have been designed and developed by Aircraft Development Agency (ADA), DRDO, will be manufactured by HAL. These aircraft are expected to be the backbone of the IAF.
The all weather aircraft has as its primary role air superiority and ground attack. In its secondary role it has reconnaissance and anti-shipping strikes capability.
17/08/20 Huma Siddiqui/Financial Express
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