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According to a report in Financial Express, Defense PSU, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited is considering the development of a Zero-Zero Ejection seat in the country in collaboration with an existing manufacturer of Ejection seats for upcoming fighter jets. has been told that in efforts to drive indigenous content in fighter jets and to have complete control over the Intellectual property Rights (IP) of the Ejection seat, HAL plans to have talks with manufacturers of the Ejection seat.

Collins Aerospace, a US-based company that has designed and supplied ejections seats for platforms like F-16, F-15, F-22, B1, and B2 has shown similar interests in local assembly and manufacturing of their framed ACES 5 ejection in India. British Ejection seat manufacturer Martin-Baker also has shown similar interest in the local assembly of Ejection seats in India.

Interestingly, Argentinean air force officials had recommended the installation of US-manufactured ejection seats for fighter jets they plan to procure. HAL has offered its LCA-Tejas fighter jet without British-manufactured Martin Baker ejection seats.

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