SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has confirmed that the indigenous content in the second batch of LCA-Tejas Mark 1A will be further increased to over 70%. The aim is to reach at least 80% by the end of the production of the aircraft.
This is a significant increase from the 55% indigenous content in the 40 older Tejas Mk1 fighter jets that are already in service with the Indian Air Force (IAF). The IAF had placed orders for 83 Tejas Mk1A in 2021, which will feature 65% of indigenous content.
The IAF is keen to place orders for more Tejas Mk1A fighter jets, and it is expected that the indigenous content will reach above 70% in the next 3-4 years.
HAL’s Efforts to Increase Indigenous Content
HAL is taking several steps to increase the indigenous content in the LCA-Tejas Mark 1A. These include:
- Developing a network of Indian suppliers: HAL is working with several Indian suppliers to develop the capability to manufacture critical components for the aircraft.
- Investing in research and development: HAL is investing heavily in research and development to develop new technologies that can be used to replace some of the components that are imported for the aircraft.
- Collaborating with foreign partners: HAL is collaborating with foreign partners to develop and manufacture certain components that are not yet available in India.
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