SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
A recent report by “The Tribune” revealed that officials from the Indian Air Force (IAF), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), and the Ministry of Defence (MOD) discussed the delivery schedule of the Tejas Mk1A program during a review meeting last month. The IAF officials reportedly instructed HAL to adhere to the contractual obligation of delivering a minimum of 16 Tejas Mk1A aircraft per year, as per the agreement signed in 2021 for the procurement of 73 Tejas Mk1A fighter jets.
According to a recent report by the Economic Times, while the delivery of the first three Mk1A versions of the aircraft is scheduled for March 2024, delays can be expected as several obstacles still need to be overcome, including certification in full combat configuration.
A recent report in “Times of India” suggests that the production of Tejas Mk1A has faced further delays, with deliveries now expected to begin only by the end of 2024. In the 2020-21 and 2021-22 fiscal years, HAL delivered seven aircraft each that were of the FOC Tejas Mk1 standard. Only one LCA Trainer Aircraft has flown in 2023-24, with 17 more scheduled to be delivered before the commencement of Tejas Mk1A deliveries.
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