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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), in collaboration with the Indian Air Force (IAF), is committed to an accelerated schedule for the delivery of the Tejas Mk1A fighter jets. The company initially aimed to deliver the first two Tejas Mk1A aircraft to the IAF by February 2024. Now, HAL has set its sights on completing the delivery of all 83 Tejas Mk1A fighter jets ordered by the IAF in 2021 by the end of 2028, well ahead of the stipulated 2029 timeline outlined in the contract.

HAL’s ambitious timeline reflects its dedication to bolstering the IAF’s capabilities and ensuring that the Tejas Mk1A project proceeds swiftly. The production capacity at HAL’s facility in Bengaluru allows for the construction of 16 LCA Mk-1A aircraft annually. However, the addition of the Nashik production line will significantly enhance the firm’s production capabilities, enabling the completion of a total of 24 jets each year.

This joint effort by HAL and the IAF not only aims to fulfill the existing order but also considers the prospect of additional acquisitions. Plans are underway to potentially place orders for an additional 97 Tejas Mk1A fighter jets by the end of this year. In preparation for this expanded commitment, HAL is actively pursuing the enhancement of its annual production capacity, with the goal of reaching 24 aircraft per annum by 2025.

The Tejas Mk1A, a highly advanced indigenous fighter aircraft, plays a crucial role in bolstering India’s air defense capabilities. The aircraft’s modern features and capabilities are a testament to India’s commitment to self-reliance in defense production. The accelerated delivery schedule and increased production capacity reflect the urgency to strengthen the IAF’s fleet with these cutting-edge aircraft.

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