India to buy 83 Tejas Light Battle Airplane at a cost of Rs 45,696 crore for Flying force
The Tejas Light Battle Aircraft has been developed, developed and made in India (File)
The union cabinet, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday authorized the purchase of 73 Tejas LCA fighter jets and 10 trainer aircraft for an expense of Rs 45.7 crore.
The Tejas Mk-1A Light Fight Airplane (LCA) is an indigenously designed and made fighter geared up with critical operational capabilities that consist of an Active Electronically-Scanned Range (AESA) radar, an Electronic Warfare (EW) suite, and can air-to-air refuelling (AAR).
In a statement provided Wednesday evening the federal government stated the 73 Tejas LCA fighter aircraft would end up being “a powerful platform to meet the functional requirements of the Indian Air Force”.
” It is the first ‘BUY (Indian-Indigenously Designed, Established and Produced)’ category procurement of battle aircraft (with a native material of 50 percent that will reach 60 per cent by the end of the program),” the federal government statement stated.
The cabinet likewise approved infrastructure advancement by the Air Force to allow repair work or servicing of the aircraft at duty stations. This will lower turnaround time for mission-critical systems and result in increased accessibility of aircraft for operations, the government said.
In May in 2015 the Air Force operationalised its second squadron of home-made Tejas fighter jets, designating them to its No 18 Squadron – the ‘Flying Bullets’ – based at Sulur near Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. The squadron was equipped with fourth generation Mk1 Tejas LCA aircraft.
The very first squadron to get the home-made jets was the No 45 based in Coimbatore.
With input from PTI
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