SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
Amid reports of Indian Air Force (IAF) taking over Tejas Mark 1A light combat aircraft (LCAs) from State-owned defense manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. comes further fresh reports that IAF is now actively considering handing over LCA-Tejas production line to private players to fast-track its production.
83 Tejas Mark 1A jets on order by IAF will be manufactured by private players like L&T ( Wings), Dynamatic Technologies Ltd ( Front fuselage ), VEM Technologies ( Centre fuselage) and Alpha Doca (Rear fuselage ) while HAL will continue to remain lead Integrator for the project but IAF is currently studying the possibility of reducing HAL’s role further in the program according to industry sources close to idrw.org.
IAF wants to hand over at least one production line of Mark 1A to a Private Consortium where even the job of lead Integrator for the project will slip out of HAL’s hand, while HAL will continue to remain lead Integrator for the other line.
Defense analysts suggest it could be first attempts to create an alternative aerospace ecosystem in the country which can manufacture a product from raw material stage till the final finished product and possible ground works to shift whole production line towards same supply chain which will manufacture 201 Tejas Mark 2 for the Indian air force in near future.
IAF wants to keep rising price in check of Mark 1A program which as per media reports is more expensive then HAL manufactured Sukhoi-30MKI. By creating competitors in production agency IAF is trying to break the monopoly of HAL in this segment.
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