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Indian state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is poised to meet its commitments by delivering 11 LCA-Tejas fighter jets by the end of the current financial year, scheduled for March 2024. The development aligns with the nation’s efforts to bolster its indigenous defense capabilities and strengthen its air force fleet.
Among the aircraft to be delivered are eight LCA trainer aircraft, alongside three Tejas Mk1A fighter jets. This delivery schedule reaffirms HAL’s dedication to meeting project deadlines, a crucial aspect in modern defense procurement and manufacturing.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has already inducted 32 LCA-Mk jets from previous orders. With deliveries of the 83 LCA-Mk1A aircraft ordered in 2021 set to commence in February 2024, India’s air force is poised to receive a substantial reinforcement in its fighter jet fleet.
The ?47,000-crore deal signed between HAL and the Indian Air Force in 2021 outlines the delivery of 16 Tejas Mk1A fighter jets per year for five consecutive years, starting from the financial year 2024-25 and continuing till 2028.
Furthermore, discussions are underway between HAL and the Indian Air Force for additional orders that could see the procurement of 90-100 more Tejas Mk1A fighter jets. This potential expansion of the order underscores the confidence both parties have in the capabilities and performance of the Tejas aircraft.
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