Centre clears Rs 48,000 crore offer to purchase 83 Tejas fighter jets for IAF
The Cabinet Committee on Security chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday authorized the largest native defence procurement offer worth about Rs 48,000 crores to purchase 83 LCA Tejas Mark1A fighter jets.The deal to be signed in the next couple of days with HAL would enhance the Indian Flying force’ s fleet of homegrown fighter jet ‘LCA-Tejas’ and total battle capability.
” The CCS chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi today approved the biggest native defence procurement offer worth about Rs 48000 crores to strengthen IAF’ s fleet of homegrown fighter jet ‘LCA-Tejas’. This deal will be a game-changer for self-reliance in the Indian defence production,” Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted to reveal the final approval offered to the mega offer. This deal will be a game-changer for self-reliance in the Indian defence production,” Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted to announce the final approval given to the mega offer.
The CCS chaired by PM Sh. @narendramodi today authorized the largest native defence procurement offer worth about 48000 Crores to strengthen IAF’s fleet of homegrown fighter jet ‘LCA-Tejas’. This offer will be a video game changer for self reliance in the Indian defence manufacturing.
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) January 13, 2021
” The LCA-Tejas is going to be the foundation of the IAF fighter fleet in years to come. LCA-Tejas incorporates a great deal of new innovations a number of which were never ever tried in India. The native material of LCA-Tejas is 50% in Mk1A version which will be enhanced to 60%,” he included.
It is to be noted that the Indian Air Force (IAF) had actually released the home-grown Light Battle Airplane (LCA) Tejas on the western front along the Pakistan border in view of the stress with China on the Ladakh front last year.
In view of the Chinese aggression on the borders, the IAF had actually deployed its possessions all along the borders with both China and Pakistan.
The offer would be a major boost for the IAF and assist it to jail the fall in the variety of its fighter airplane squadrons.
Light Combat Airplane Mk-1A variant is an indigenously created, established and manufactured state-of-the-art modern-day 4 generation fighter airplane. This aircraft, which is geared up with critical operational capabilities of Active Digitally Scanned Variety (AESA) Radar, Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Missile, Electronic Warfare (EW) Suite and Air to Air Refuelling (AAR), would be a potent platform to satisfy the operational requirements of Indian Air Force.
It is the very first “Buy (Indian-Indigenously Designed, Established and Produced)” classification procurement of combat airplane with an indigenous content of 50 per cent which will progressively reach 60 per cent by the end of the program.
The Cabinet has likewise authorized infrastructure development by IAF under the task to allow it to handle repairs or maintenance at their base depot so that the turnaround time would get minimized for mission-critical systems and would result in the increased availability of aircraft for functional exploitation.This would enable IAF to sustain the fleet more effectively and efficiently due to the accessibility of repair facilities at particular bases.
The native Tejas fighter aircraft had actually been applauded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi throughout his Self-reliance Day speech last year.The initial variation of LCA has already signed up with the Flying force. While the very first squadron of the planes is of the Initial Functional Clearance version, the 2nd 18 Squadron ‘Flying Bullets ‘is of the Final Operational Clearance version and was operationalized by the IAF chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria at the Sulur airbase on May 27 last year.
The offer for the 83 LCA Mark1A airplane has actually been made possible by the efforts done by the then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar when he got the specs approved in the Defence Acquisition Council.
( With ANI inputs)
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