Tejas to be Foundation of IAF Fleet: Rajnath Singh After Largest-Ever ‘Make in India’ Defence Deal
Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday predicted that the offer to get 83 updated variations of the Tejas fighter jets will be a “game-changer” for self-reliance in Indian defence production soon after the Cabinet Committee on Security approved the largest-ever native defence procurement offer.
Confirming the CCS clearance for the offer, Singh said the homegrown fighter jet, LCA Tejas, will form the foundation of the IAF fighter fleet in years to come, and said the Mark 1A variation incorporates a great deal of new innovations, a number of which were never before attempted in India.
The Mark A1 version of the jet will have 43 improvements over the preliminary version, consisting of significant improvements to enhance functional capability. These consist of easier upkeep, active digitally scanned variety radar, electronic warfare suite and beyond-visual range rocket capabilities, that will consist of the Indian made air-to-air missile Aastra Mark1. It will also have the capability to carry missiles for long variety.
The minister said the LCA-Tejas program would act as a “driver for transforming the Indian aerospace production environment into a lively Atmanirbhar-self-sustaining community.” “The native content of LCA-Tejas is 50% in Mk1A variant which will be boosted to 60%,” he tweeted.
Wednesday’s choice to acquire the 83 locally-made jets is in addition to an earlier offer to buy 40 fight aircraft. The jets are set to join the Indian Air Force fleet over the course of the next six to 7 years.
Singh stated that Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has already set-up a second line production facilities at its Nasik and Bengaluru departments, and revealed confidence that the jets will be provided to the IAF in a timely manner.
” The decision taken today will substantially broaden the present LCA ecosystem and aid in creating brand-new task chances. HAL follows a system integrator design in LCA Mk1A program and serves as an umbrella organisation, cultivating production & design capabilities in pvt. Industry (sic),” Singh worte on Twitter.
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