The Cabinet Committee on Security on Wednesday cleared the IAF’s acquisition of 83 Mark-1A Tejas fighters from defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics for around Rs 48,000 crore, in the biggest-ever deal in the indigenous military aviation sector.
These 83 fighters, the deliveries of which will begin three years after the actual contract is inked in early-February, will have 43 “improvements” over the 40 Tejas Mark-1 already ordered by the IAF.
“This deal will be a game changer for self reliance in the Indian defence manufacturing,” said defence minister Rajnath Singh.
“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%,” he added.