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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is gearing up for a significant milestone in Indian aviation. The state-owned aerospace and defense company is on track to deliver the first indigenously developed LCA Tejas Mk-1A fighter jet to the Indian Air Force (IAF) by the end of March. The inaugural test flight for this upgraded aircraft could even take place within the next two days.

The Tejas Mk-1A represents a crucial step forward for the Indian Air Force’s modernization program. This variant boasts enhanced capabilities compared to the earlier Tejas Mk-1 version. Ordered in 2021 as part of a 73-fighter jet deal, the Mk-1A promises to bolster the IAF’s air combat prowess.

HAL is also working diligently to deliver the first twin-seater trainer aircraft variant of the Tejas Mk-1A to the IAF at the earliest possible date. This trainer variant plays a vital role in pilot training for the single-seater fighter jets.

The Indian Air Force’s ambitions for the Tejas program extend beyond the initial order. Negotiations are underway for the procurement of an additional 97 single-seater Tejas Mk-1A jets, with a potential deal expected to be finalized later this year. This significant acquisition would further solidify the Tejas Mk-1A’s position as a mainstay in the IAF’s fighter jet fleet.