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India’s aerospace giant, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), is reportedly on the verge of signing a massive ?70,000 crore (approximately $8.5 billion) deal with various Indian defense public and private firms. This deal focuses on third-party supplies of parts and subsystems for the upcoming production of 97 additional Tejas Mk1A fighter jets for the Indian Air Force (IAF).

The reported deal signifies a significant push towards self-reliance in India’s defense sector. Companies like NAL (National Aerospace Laboratories), Dynamatic Technologies, Vem Technologies, Larsen & Toubro (L&T), and TASL (Tata Advanced Systems Limited) are expected to benefit from this agreement. These companies are known for supplying various crucial aerostructures for the Tejas fighter jet.

The potential ?70,000 crore deal comes amidst ongoing talks between HAL and the IAF regarding additional orders for 97 Tejas Mk1A fighter jets. This follows an earlier order for 83 Tejas Mk1A aircraft placed in February 2021. The additional order would significantly expand the IAF’s Tejas fleet and bolster India’s indigenous fighter jet capabilities.

By partnering with Indian companies for parts and subsystems, HAL can potentially streamline production, reduce dependence on foreign suppliers, and create a more robust domestic aerospace ecosystem. This, in turn, can lead to increased efficiency, cost-competitiveness, and technological advancements in the Indian defense sector.

While the Zee News report suggests an imminent deal, an official confirmation from HAL or the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is awaited. Regardless, the potential agreement signifies a positive step towards India’s ambition of achieving self-sufficiency in its defense requirements.