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The Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to receive its first LCA Mark 1A fighter jet in July 2024 from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). This marks a slight delay from the initial February-March timeframe due to technical reasons.

HAL successfully conducted the maiden flight of the upgraded Tejas in March, paving the way for its integration into the IAF’s arsenal. This indigenous aircraft represents a significant milestone in India’s journey towards self-reliance in the defense sector.

The LCA Mark 1A is an advanced variant of the Tejas light combat aircraft. It boasts enhanced capabilities compared to its predecessor, including improved avionics, radar systems, and weapon-carrying capacity. The IAF has placed a significant order for 83 Mark 1A fighters, bolstering its air combat prowess.

This delivery signifies a crucial step forward for the Tejas program and HAL’s production capabilities. The IAF’s induction of the Mark 1A will provide a significant boost to its air defense capabilities.