During their Earnings Call for Q4FY23, management officials of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) confirmed that work on the first Tejas Mk1A airframe is already underway. The production process is on track, and the first structure is expected to be available within the next 3-4 months. Once the new systems are certified, they will be integrated into the aircraft, advancing the delivery schedule.

According to the contractual agreement, HAL is scheduled to deliver one Tejas Mk1A aircraft by February 2024. The ground testing phase of the aircraft is projected to conclude within the next 8-10 months, as HAL strives to meet the delivery timeline. However, officials also acknowledged the possibility of minor delays, which are not expected to significantly impact the overall progress.

HAL has the responsibility of delivering 16 units of Tejas Mk1A annually starting from April 2024. To meet the production demands, HAL recently inaugurated a new LCA-Tejas production line at its Nashik Plant. This strategic expansion aims to ensure the timely execution of all orders and HAL Plans to conclude deliveries at least one year before the contracted deadline of 2028 thanks to its new Nashik facility that will cater to additional 4-5 aircraft per year.

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