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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is gearing up for a significant expansion in its Tejas fighter jet production capacity. The company, which currently operates two Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) assembly lines in Bengaluru, has set its sights on activating a third assembly line for Tejas jets at Nashik by the end of 2024. This strategic move is aimed at enhancing the production capacity for Tejas Mark 1A fighter jets and fulfilling the increasing demands of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

HAL opened a third assembly line in Nashik earlier this year to expand the indigenous fighter jet production landscape in the country. The new assembly line is expected to deliver the first three Tejas Mk1A fighter jets by March 2025. With this expansion, HAL is poised to significantly augment its production capacity from the existing 16 aircraft per year to an impressive 24 aircraft per year.

Looking beyond the immediate future, HAL envisions the Nashik facility as a pivotal component of its long-term production strategy. From 2025-26 onwards, this plant is projected to deliver an impressive eight aircraft per year.

The expansion in Tejas production is a response to the growing demand from the IAF, which seeks to modernize its fleet with indigenous fighter jets. The Tejas project has been a testament to the collaborative efforts of HAL and various defence agencies in India, with a focus on quality, reliability, and technological innovation.

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