The State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will be submitting its bids by the third week of September, in response to a tender floated by the Royal Malaysian Air Force under its Light Combat Aircraft/Fighter Lead-In-Trainer (LCA/FLIT) program for 18 Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) to replace their aging Hawk 208 light-attack/lead-in trainer aircraft said R Madhavan, chairman of HAL to The Indian Express recently.

Madhavan said the LCA stands a good chance of being bought by foreign air forces on account of fourth-generation fighters are still being relevant and added that “Regions which have exhibited an interest in the LCA Mk- 1A are East Europe, South Asia, West Asia, and South America. We see whether there is a demand from those countries and if they are trying to upgrade their Air Forces. Malaysia was in the process of upgrading its capabilities. We have been in business with them for the last two years,” the HAL chairman said.

Malaysia is looking to procure 18 aircraft with the probability of a follow-up order of 18 more. India is facing rival bids from Boeing T-7 Red Hawk, South Korea’s KAI FA-50, the Italian Leonardo M-346 Master, China-Pakistani PAC JF-17 Thunder, China’s Hongdu L-15, and Russia’s Yakolev Yak-130 and the Czech Aero Vodochody L-39NG.

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