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Defence Acquisition Council clears acquisition of 83 Indigenous Tejas Aircraft For IAF

Author: Sanchita Sairang-Kshatriya

2020-03-21 17:47

The Defence Ministry’s Defence Aquisition Council on Wednesday approved the procurement of 83 indigenous Tejas Fighter aircraft for Indian Airforce.

“The Light Combat Aircraft Tejas indigenously-designed by Aircraft Development Agency (ADA) under the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is going to be the backbone of Indian Air Force in future," a statement from the defence ministry said.

“While orders of 40 Tejas aircraft had been placed with HAL in initial configurations, the DAC paved the way for procurement of 83 of the more advanced Mk1A version of the aircraft from HAL by finalizing the contractual and other issues," the Ministry said in a statement.

“The proposal will now be placed for consideration of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS). This procurement will be a major boost to 'Make in India' as the aircraft is indigenously designed, developed and manufactured with the participation of several local vendors apart from HAL," the ministry said.

In his message on the Air Force Day on October 8, Indian Air Chief R.K.S. Bhadauria had stressed the need to focus on indigenous design and manufacturing and said the IAF is fully committed towards indigenous development of high technology hardware in consonance with 'Make in India'.  The development of indigenous 5th Generation Advanced Multi-role Combat Aircraft (AMCA) has been launched to meet the requirements of its squadron numbers and even modernize its inventory with fourth-generation plus aircraft.

The Defence Acquisition Council also accorded approval acquisition of indigenous defence equipment for about Rs 1,300 crore. The proposals were for procurement of aerial fuses and twin-dome stimulators for Hawk Mk32 aircraft for the IAF, the statement said.

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