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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is making significant strides towards self-reliance with the LCA Tejas Mk1A fighter jet program. As the production scales up from the initial 83 to a potential 97 aircraft, the level of indigenous content is also set to rise progressively.

A key milestone will be reached after the 41st aircraft. HAL plans to integrate the Uttam AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) radar, a domestically developed system, onto the Tejas Mk1A. This indigenous radar replaces previously imported options, marking a significant leap in technological independence.

The program will also see the integration of the Rakshak Kavach Electronic Warfare (EW) suite, another domestically developed system. This suite will enhance the aircraft’s defensive capabilities against electronic threats.

The Tejas Mk1A boasts a higher level of indigenous content compared to the Tejas Mk1. This extends beyond the Uttam radar and Rakshak Kavach suite. Several Line Replaceable Units (LRUs) are also being indigenously produced, including critical components like side-stick controls and other actuators.