Cabinet Committee on Security has given a go ahead to IAF (Indian Air Force) for acquiring 83 Mark 1A Tejas from defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics. The deal is worth around Rs 48,000 crore and is the biggest ever in indigenous military aviation sector.
The CCS meeting was chaired by PM. “This deal will be a game changer for self reliance in the Indian defence
manufacturing,” said defence minister Rajnath Singh. “The HAL has already set-up second line manufacturing facilities at its Nasik and Bengaluru Divisions. Equipped with the augmented infrastructure the HAL will steer LCA-Mk1A production for timely deliveries to the IAF,” he added.
Tweeting on this further he added
“The Light Combat Aircraft-Tejas is going to be the backbone of the IAF fighter fleet in years to come. LCA-Tejas incorporates a large number of new technologies many of which were never attempted in India. The indigenous content of LCA-Tejas is 50% in Mk1A variant which will be enhanced to 60%,”
The 83 Tejas Mark-1A fighters will have 43 “improvements” to improve maintainability, AESA (active electronically scanned array) radar to replace existing mechanically-steered radar, air-to-air refuelling, long-range BVR (beyond visual range) missiles and advanced electronic warfare to jam enemy radars and missiles.
In the meeting the cabinet also approved infrastructure development to enable repair or servicing of the aircraft at duty stations. This will reduce turnaround time for mission-critical systems and lead to increased availability of aircraft for operations, the government said.