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Govt Nod To 83 Tejas Mk1A Fighter Jets Worth Rs 48K Crore

New Delhi: The Cupboard Committee on Safety (CCS), the very best decision-making physique for safety points headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday accredited the acquisition of 83 Tejas Mark 1A fighter jets at a value of Rs 48,000 crore, together with infrastructure.

The CCS accredited the biggest indigenous defence procurement deal value about Rs 48,000 crore to strengthen the Indian Air Drive’s fleet of homegrown Mild Fight Plane (LCA)-Tejas. “This deal will be a game changer for self reliance in the Indian defence manufacturing,” Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh mentioned.

The LCA-Tejas goes to be the spine of the IAF fighter fleet within the years to come back. LCA-Tejas incorporates numerous new applied sciences a lot of which had been by no means tried in India. The indigenous content material of LCA-Tejas is 50 per cent within the Mk1A variant which might be enhanced to 60 per cent.

The Mild Fight Plane Tejas is indigenously designed by the Plane Improvement Company (ADA) below the Defence Analysis and Improvement Organisation (DRDO) and manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Restricted (HAL).

The HAL has already arrange second line manufacturing services at its Nasik and Bengaluru Divisions. Geared up with the augmented infrastructure the HAL will steer LCA-Mk1A manufacturing for well timed deliveries to the IAF.

“The decision taken today will considerably expand the current LCA ecosystem and help in creating new job opportunities,” the minister mentioned.

HAL follows a system integrator mannequin within the LCA Mk1A programme and acts as an umbrella organisation, fostering manufacturing and design capabilities in non-public business.

The primary squadron of the Mild Fight Plane, Tejas was raised in 2016.

The manufacturing of 83 LCA Tejas jets won’t solely be a lift for ‘Make in India’ or self reliance however assist in filling the gaps within the Indian Air Drive as its present fleet is right down to 30 squadrons, manner beneath the sanctioned energy of 42.

Every squadron includes 18 fighter jets. These 83 jets are along with the 40 Mark 1 already ordered by the IAF.

Final yr in March, the Ministry of Defence gave the go-ahead for the acquisition of 83 Tejas Mark 1A plane for the Indian Air Drive.

This was a serious breakthrough as after value negotiations for over three years between the Ministry of Defence and Hindustan Aeronautics Restricted, the value for procurement of the superior variant of the indigenously-made Mild Fight Plane Tejas was slashed.

The IAF has 20 Mark-1 jets of the sooner variant whereas one other 20 are to be delivered.

(IANS)

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