83 Advanced Tejas Jets to Join IAF Fleet as Cabinet Provides Nod for Mega Rs 48,000 Crore Offer
The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on Wednesday cleared the purchase of 83 Light Battle Airplane Tejas from the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The deal, worth Rs 48,000 crore, will be the biggest ever in the native military aviation sector.
The approval by the CCS, which is headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, comes 10 months after the Defence Acquisition Council in March 2020 okayed the procurement of 83 more advanced Mark 1A variation of the Light Battle Airplane (LCA).
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh verified the advancement, saying “the largest indigenous defence procurement deal worth about 48,000 crores” will enhance the IAF’s fleet of homegrown fighter jet ‘LCA-Tejas’. “This deal will be a video game changer for self dependence in the Indian defence manufacturing,” he added in a tweet.
The CCS chaired by PM Sh. @narendramodi today approved the biggest native defence procurement deal worth about 48000 Crores to reinforce IAF’s fleet of homegrown fighter jet ‘LCA-Tejas’. This offer will be a game changer for self reliance in the Indian defence production.
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) January 13, 2021
” The LCA-Tejas is going to be the foundation of the IAF fighter fleet in years to come,” said Singh. “The native material of LCA-Tejas is 50% in Mk1A variation which will be improved to 60%.”
Singh included HAL has actually currently set up second line production facilities at its Nasik and Bengaluru departments.
The purchase remains in addition to an earlier deal to purchase 40 of the battle airplane and the locally-made jets are set to join the Indian Flying force fleet throughout the next 6 to 7 years.
The ratification by the CCS leads the way for the finalizing of the agreement, which is expected to occur next month during the Aero India defence exposition.
The Mark A1 version of the jet will have 43 enhancements over the initial variation, including major improvements to improve operational capability.
These include much easier upkeep, active electronically scanned variety radar, electronic warfare suite and beyond-visual variety missile capabilities, that will consist of the Indian made air-to-air rocket Aastra Mark1. It will likewise have the ability to bring rockets for long range.
The Indian Flying force plans to change to the locally-manufactured Tejas, the LCA Mark 1A, 3 years after it drifted a tender from worldwide manufacturers for 114 airplane.
India had welcomed bids for the purchase of the 114 jets in 2018, which drew in offers from Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Saab AB of Sweden worth $15 billion. This comes as a sign that the nation seeks to abandon pricey defence buy from abroad.
According to an earlier statement by Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, the move is intended at replacing the aging fleet of the Indian Air Force and will be a milestone in India’s quote to start using locally-made weapons. In addition to the jets, weapons guns, air defence systems and radars will be indigenously produced also, he had actually stated.
The 123 Tejas fighters procured by the IAF will be in 3 various variants, all powered by a general electrical engine. Up until now 20 have actually been made in what is called the initial operational clearance version. Another 20 are being made in what is called the last functional clearance variation. These 123 jets will be followed by the Mark-II variation which are medium weight fighters.
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