In a serious determination, the federal government on Wednesday authorised the procurement of 83 indigenously-developed mild fight plane Tejas for the Indian Air Force (IAF) at a price of Rs 48,000 crore.
The determination was taken at a gathering of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh mentioned.
In a tweet, Singh mentioned the deal will probably be a ‘game-changer’ for self-reliance in defence manufacturing in India.
‘The CCS chaired by PM Sh. @narendramodi right now authorised the biggest indigenous defence procurement deal price about 48000 crores to strengthen IAF’s fleet of homegrown fighter jet ‘LCA-Tejas’,’ he mentioned.
The defence minister mentioned Tejas goes to be the spine of the fighter fleet of the Indian Air Force in years to return.
Around three years again, the IAF had issued an preliminary tender for procurement of 83 Tejas plane, a four-and-half era fight jet.
‘LCA-Tejas incorporates a big quantity of new applied sciences many of which had been by no means tried in India.
‘The indigenous content material of LCA-Tejas is 50 p.c in Mk1A variant which will probably be enhanced to 60 p.c,’ Singh mentioned.
The defence minister mentioned that plane maker Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has already arrange second-line manufacturing amenities at its Nasik and Bengaluru divisions.
‘Equipped with the augmented infrastructure the HAL will steer LCA-Mk1A manufacturing for well timed deliveries to the IAF,’ he mentioned.
Singh mentioned the Tejas programme would act as a catalyst for remodeling the Indian aerospace manufacturing ecosystem right into a vibrant, self-sustaining one.
‘I thank the Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi for this historic determination taken by the CCS right now,’ the defence minister tweeted.