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NEW DELHI, Jan 14 (The CONNECT) -The Government has cleared production and acquisition of 83 indigenous HAL-made Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas for Indian Air Force (IAF).
The cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) headed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the apex authority on Defence, approved the deal January 13 for these aircraft with the state-run HAL in a major step forward towards enhancing IAF’s capability on the one hand and HAL’s industrial strength in military aviation on the other.
The deal is worth Rs 48000 cr ($6.5 billion), and includes production of 73 Tejas Mk 1A fighter aircraft and 10 Mk 1 Trainers. The cost covers Rs 45696 cr ($6.34 billion) for the aircraft and Rs 1202 cr ($160 million) for Design and development of Infrastructure sanctions.
This is the largest defence deal for any indigenous system in India.
“Success of #LCA Tejas programme is a collaborative effort of ADA as lead design agency, HAL as lead production agency, many DRDO labs, IAF, NFTC, CEMILAC, DGQA, CSIR, eminent national academic institutions like IITs, NITs, IISC etc, private sector industries and few hundred MSMEs,” the Defence and Research Department (DRDO) tweeted.