New Delhi. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday inaugurated the new plant to produce Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) at the Bangalore unit of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). Deals of 83 LCA aircraft from HAL for the Indian Air Force are to be completed during Aero India -2021. He said that many countries have shown interest in the purchase of Tejas M-1A and I assure you that very soon India will get orders to buy Tejas M-1A from abroad. He expressed confidence in achieving the target of Rs 1.75 lakh crore in the field of defense manufacturing within the next 3-4 years.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh arrived in Bengaluru on a four-day visit this morning. He will be attending a number of events during his stay in Bengaluru, including the mega international event Aero India -2021. He will also inaugurate Aero India on Wednesday. After inaugurating the second line of production of LCA), he said that this newly constructed manufacturing unit (manufacturing unit) of HAL would prove to be a major step in strengthening HAL, the Indian Air Force, and the ‘Self-reliant India Campaign’. Despite Kovid, HAL has received orders from the Indian Armed Forces of about 50 thousand crores. This is the biggest landmark deal in the history of indigenous defense procurement, which will take the Indian aero sector to new heights.
He said that this purchase will also increase the capabilities of our Air Force. HAL is already playing an important role in the country’s aeronautics sector since independence. HAL has topped the list of public sector companies that have contributed to the social and economic progress of the country. In Covid’s time, even HAL did not affect its efficiency. Let it fall. The new plant of Tejas presents a great example of an opportunity to the country not only in indigenization but also in a disaster like Kovid.
In March, the Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) approved the purchase of the MK-1A version of 83 indigenous Tejas fighter aircraft for the Indian Air Force. On January 13, the Cabinet Committee on Security Affairs (CCS), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved a deal of Rs 48,000 crore for 83 Tejas MK-1A with Infrastructure. The Tejas deal will benefit about 500 Indian companies that will manufacture different parts of the aircraft indigenously. 40 aircraft of the LCA’s MK-1 version have already received initial and final operational clearance for induction into the Air Force. Whose orders have already been given to HAL. Of these, 18 aircraft have been found and are in the service of the Air Force.
These 40 aircraft are to undergo 43 improvements over the LCA MK-1A. These include air-to-air refueling, deployment of long-range Beyond Visual Range missiles, deployment of enemy radars and missiles for advanced electronic warfare. After the completion of the deal of 83 LCA aircraft from HAL in Aero India, the Air Force will have 123 Light Combat Aircraft. The 20 aircraft of the latest MK-1A version will be delivered to the Air Force every year. Tejas MK-1A supplies will start from 2023 and by 2027 the entire 83 aircraft will be delivered to the Air Force.