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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will commence delivery of Tejas Mk1A fighter jets from next February which will see the induction of four Mk1A fighter jets into the Indian Air Force (IAF) with peak production rate to hit 16 units per year from 2026 onwards but HAL is targeting to squeeze in more deliveries from 2026 onwards so that orders for 73 jets can be accomplished before 2029.

HAL already has informed Tier-I suppliers of the main airframe manufacturer that are being handled by Private sector companies to deliver 2-3 units more per year so that production can be ramped up for the possibility of additional orders before the end of 2028.

IAF is planning to order 50 more Tejas Mk1A aircraft due to the delays in procurement of fighter jets under MRFA tender for 114 jets but also due to plans to give early retirement to 60-odd Russian Mig-29UPG post-2030-35.

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