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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

HAL chief R Madhavan, Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has confirmed that the company has handed over 30 single-seater out of 32 that were ordered by the Indian Air Force (IAF), and one aircraft is currently waiting for the customer (IAF) to pick it up and another is also ready and will be handed over next month after carrying out mandated OEM flight trials.

LCA-Division (Production line) already has switched to manufacturing 18 LCA-Tejas Trainer aircraft that were ordered by the IAF. HAL plans to deliver four Trainer aircraft this year and the rest by 2024.

The second Tejas Mk1A flying Test Bed with all equipment on board will make its first flight sometime in 2023 to escalate the program so that delivery of three Tejas MkA commences from 2024 onwards and the entire order of 73 jets is completed by 2028-29.

HAL Chief has confirmed that now the company is in a position to make 20 LCA-Tejas jets in a financial year but it will happen from 2025-26 onwards when Tejas Mk1A production is in full swing. GE recently bagged fresh orders for 99 F404-GE-IN20 engines after HAL closed a fresh order deal for 83 jets from IAF will commence fresh deliveries of the engine from 2023 onwards and plans to complete the whole delivery in the next 4 years.

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