According to a report in “Times of India”, state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will scale up the production of the aircraft in case it bags export orders so as not to affect IAF orders. HAL will enhance its current production capacity to 16 from 2024-25 onwards and an adequate facility has been created at the Nashik plant that was earlier used to manufacture Su-3MKI from the IAF.

Nashik plant initially will have the capacity to manufacture 5 LCA-Tejas for export market that could be enhanced to 8 if inquires from Malaysia, Philippines, and Egypt are converted into orders. Two LCA divisions in Bangalore and One in Nashik together will be able to produce 24 jets annually.

HAL already has ordered additional jigs and fixtures along with ground tools for the second LCA- division that will start manufacturing upgraded Tejas Mk1A from 2024-25 onwards and more can be added in Nashik Plant on short notice claimed HAL to expand production capacity on receiving export orders.

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