India To Buy 83 Tejas Light Combat Aircraft For Rs. 45,696 Crore

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The Tejas Light Combat Aircraft has been developed, designed and manufactured in India (File)

New Delhi:

The union cabinet, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday approved the purchase of 73 Tejas LCA fighter jets and 10 trainer aircraft for a cost of Rs 45.7 crore.

The Tejas Mk-1A Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) is an indigenously designed and manufactured fighter equipped with critical operational capabilities that include an Active Electronically-Scanned Array (AESA) radar, an Electronic Warfare (EW) suite, and is capable of air-to-air refuelling (AAR).

In a statement issued Wednesday evening the government said the 73 Tejas LCA fighter aircraft would become “a potent platform to meet the operational requirements of the Indian Air Force”.

“It is the first ‘BUY (Indian-Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufactured)’ category procurement of combat aircraft (with an indigenous content of 50 per cent that will reach 60 per cent by the end of the programme),” the government statement said.

The cabinet also approved infrastructure development by the Air Force 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.

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In May last year the Air Force operationalised its second squadron of home-made Tejas fighter jets, assigning 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 first squadron to get the home-made jets was the No 45 based in Coimbatore.

With input from PTI



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