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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), India’s leading aerospace and defence company, is on a mission to ramp up the production of Tejas Mk1A fighter aircraft, a potent symbol of India’s indigenously developed military technology. In an interview with Hindustan Times, HAL Chief CB Ananthakrishnan outlined the company’s ambitious plan to increase Tejas production from the current 16 aircraft per year to 24 by 2025-26, with an ultimate goal of reaching a remarkable 30 units annually.

HAL’s plan to boost Tejas production revolves around close collaboration with private sector companies specializing in manufacturing aircraft components. Talks are already underway to enlist the support of these private sector partners to enhance production as the number of Tejas aircraft soar.

HAL’s commitment to increasing Tejas production is substantiated by the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) interest in acquiring an additional 97 Tejas Mk1A fighter jets. This order is an extension of the 83 Tejas Mk1A jets that were initially procured in 2021.

HAL has already established three production lines for the Tejas Mk1A, with two located in Bengaluru and one recently inaugurated in Nashik. Each production line can deliver eight aircraft per year. However, the Nashik facility, originally designed for the manufacture of Su-30MKI aircraft, boasts a larger capacity and can be further expanded to produce up to 14 aircraft annually if necessary.

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