India Clears Rs 48,000 Crore Landmark Deal for 83 Tejas Fighter Jets

The Cabinet Committee on Security has approved procurement of 73 LCA Tejas Mk-1A fighter aircrafts and 10 LCA Tejas Mk-1 Trainer aircrafts on 13 January . This committee headed by PM Modi has approved this proposal costing a total of 48 thousand crore rupees. Tejas is a light combat aircraft, which can prove to be very effective in war-like situations.

The LCA Tejas Mk-1A is a fourth generation indigenous aircraft. It is the lightest and smallest in size among the planes of this generation. Tejas has capacity to fire air to air missiles, besides it can also hit the ground from the air.

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh made several tweets after the approval of the cabinet on this proposal. He tweeted, “The LCA-Tejas programme would act as a catalyst for transforming the indian aerospace manufacturing ecosystem into a vibrant Atmanirbhar-self-sustaining ecosystem.”

Defence Minister Ranath Singh further tweeted, “The LCA-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%”.

“Light Combat Aircraft Mk-1A variant is an indigenously designed,  developed and manufactured state-of-the-art modern 4+ generation fighter aircraft. This aircraft is equipped with critical operational capabilities of Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar, Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Missile, Electronic Warfare (EW) Suite and Air to Air Refuelling (AAR) would be a potent platform to meet the operational requirements of Indian Air Force,” said Defence Ministry in its official press release.

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