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In recent discussions between Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Egyptian authorities, HAL has extended an offer for the transfer of technology (ToT) to Egypt. The proposal involves local assembly capabilities for the LCA-Tejas Mk1A fighter jets. Egypt is actively exploring the acquisition of a substantial number of these advanced fighter aircraft directly for its Air Force, with a potential order of at least 35 aircraft. Furthermore, Egypt is considering the possibility of local assembly for up to 100 such fighter jets within its territory.

The LCA-Tejas Mk1A is an upgraded version of the LCA-Tejas Mk1 fighter jet, with an improved electronic warfare suite, advanced electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, beyond visual range (BVR) missiles, and a network warfare system comprising software-defined radio (SDR). The aircraft is also equipped with a new cockpit with a new human-machine interface (HMI) and a new mission computer.

The collaboration between the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Egyptian Air Force is set to deepen, with plans for increased joint air exercises and cooperation in aircraft maintenance. The two air forces recognize the advantages of mutual cooperation, especially concerning aircraft that are common to both fleets.

The Egyptian government has shown a keen interest in procuring various weapon systems from India. This development comes as both Egypt and India share similarities in their fighter aircraft fleets, with both operating Mig-29s, Mirage-2000s, and even the Dassault Rafale.

Egypt’s primary objective in acquiring these single-engine fighter jets is to meet its lower-tier defense requirements. In this endeavor, India faces competition from the Korean FA-50 Fighter Trainer aircraft, which is also being considered for its Egyptian Air Force’s modernization efforts.

If the deal goes through, it will be a major boost for India’s defense exports. It will also be a sign of the growing strategic relationship between India and Egypt.

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